March 22 update: The City has scheduled their community meeting for Thursday, April 5 at 6:30pm at the Little Walnut Creek Library. The neighborhood team will hold a called meeting in conjunction with the city-facilitated meeting.
The City has received an application to make land use and zoning changes on 8 acres between E Powell and E Wonsley, in order to build an apartment complex. This would involve amending Georgian Acres planning area’s Future Land Use Map (FLUM) from Neighborhood Mixed Use and Mixed Use/Office to Multifamily. It would also involve changing the zoning from LO-MU and LR-MU (limited office and neighborhood commercial, mixed use) to MF-4 (moderate density multifamily).
According to the application, the current zoning would allow 23 units per acre, or about 186 total. They are proposing 37 units per acre, or 300 total. The current MU zoning allows smaller professional offices and neighborhood-serving stores. The proposed residential zoning does not. Currently, the maximum height is 40ft. With the proposed zoning it would be 60ft. The impervious cover limits are about the same. (CodeNEXT draft 3 would change the zoning to MU2A, Mixed Use. This zoning could allow 18 or 36 units per acres, depending on affordability, as well as small professional offices and groceries, up to 45 feet high.)
According to the application, the apartment units would all be one-bedroom, from about 450-550 sq ft, all renting at market rate.
The amendment process will include a city-facilitated community meeting in our area, a Planning Commission hearing, and a City Council hearing, before any decision is made. Typically, there would be several meetings amongst developers and nearby stakeholders as well.
The owners and developers for this project have not spoken with the neighborhood team yet. Here’s a starting list of topics for when that conversation begins. Are there others?
- Stormwater infrastructure for sheet flow south from Wonsley
- Water pressure
- Traffic on E Powell Ln (speed mitigation, demand management)
- Traffic on E Wonsley Dr (speed mitigation, demand management)
- Access to E Lola Dr (demand management)
- Access to Georgian Acres neighborhood park (easement from Wonsley, safe crossing of Powell)
- Park land dedication fees
- Attendance zone for new TA Brown
- Fair housing (source of income, lookback period)