Leander P&Z commission OKs temporary construction office, rock crushers

Leander Planning and Zoning Commission meetings take place at Pat Bryson Municipal Hall.

Leander Planning and Zoning Commission meetings take place at Pat Bryson Municipal Hall.

Leander Planning and Zoning Commission passed a special permit request and an ordinance amendment at a meeting June 22, Leander public information officer Mike Neu said.

Additionally, an applicant postponed a proposal to amend zoning on a property near Ronald Reagan Boulevard and RM 2243, Leander Planning Manager Robin Griffin said. Another applicant withdrew a request to change approximately 16.859 acres near Old 2243 West and North US 183 from heavy commercial to multifamily zoning, she said.

Commissioners Sid Sokol and Angela Means were absent, Neu said. All commission recommendations will go to Leander City Council for approval.

1. P&Z OKs temporary construction office, mechanical shop special permit

Commissioners unanimously approved the Sterling Group Trust’s request for a special-use permit for a temporary construction office, laydown yard, mechanical maintenance shop and construction equipment storage, Neu said.

If passed by the council, the permit will allow the owner to operate a civil construction company on the approximately 10.1931-acre property, which is located at 4205 CR 279. The land is used for auto part manufacturing and shipping, according to a letter from principal architect Tray Toungate included in the agenda packet.

The permit’s five-year term may be renewed at the end of the term, according to the packet.


The site plan for 4205 CR 279 includes a new equipment yard and mechanical shop.[/caption]

2. Commercial and residential rezoning request postponed

SEC Planning postponed its request on behalf of Jeff Love, Roy Kuchera and Alice Kuchera to amend the zoning of property consisting of approximately 110.24 acres located northeast of the intersection of Ronald Reagan Boulevard and RM 2243, Neu said.

The original request would have amended the property’s zoning from single-family suburban and single-family rural to general commercial, local commercial and multifamily.

“The applicant requested to postpone [the rezoning proposal] in order to modify the request so that it was in compliance with the Comprehensive Plan,” Griffin said.

A revised request will be discussed at the P&Z commission hearing on July 27, according to the agenda packet.

3. Heavy commercial and multifamily rezoning request withdrawn

The P&Z commission held a public hearing for a rezoning request from Robert Stone III on behalf of Ramalingam and Maragatham Sivaswamy for land located west of the intersection of Old 2243 West and North US 183. The property is approximately 16.859 acres.

The applicant proposed a change from heavy commercial zoning to multifamily zoning, according to the agenda packet. After feedback from neighbors in opposition to the proposal and discussion among commissioners—including a motion to deny the case from Commissioner Laura Lantrip, which was later withdrawn—the applicant decided to withdraw the request.

“The commission wanted to see a mixture of commercial and multifamily,” Griffin said. “The applicant requested to withdraw the request so they could develop an alternative proposal that would be more in line with the commission’s vision for the area.”

4. Ordinance amendment passed

Commissioners held a public hearing and unanimously approved an ordinance amendment updating language about rock crushing, Neu said.

The original ordinance stated rock crushers would be prohibited in all Leander zoning districts. The updated ordinance states rock crushers may be “temporarily permitted as part of an active permit where the material is to be used on-site,” according to the agenda packet.


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