Kyle council rejects using ag land for RV resort, updates developer agreement for community near Opal Lane

Four residents are running for Kyle mayor.

Four residents are running for Kyle mayor.

Two controversial items from the Kyle Planning and Zoning Commission's agenda made it to City Council Tuesday night.

After several bouts of discussion, Kyle City Council voted to not allow two pieces of land along Dacy Lane to change from an agricultural region to a recreational vehicle location to make way for a future RV resort.

The controversial issue brought several residents to council's regular meeting Oct. 17 to voice their concerns about allowing an RV resort to be built on that piece of land.

Similar to the Kyle Planning and Zoning Commission board, council members could not get past the idea that the proposed area is in a flood zone. Council Member Travis Mitchell said it would be irresponsible for the city to allow the park to be put there when flooding was likely.

Council voted 6-0 to reject the proposal.

City Council also discussed the developer agreement between Kyle and the Driskell family to build an approximately 500-home residential community on the 171 acres of land located west of the Union Pacific Corp. railroad tracks, south of Opal Lane.

According to the developer agreement, the community will “include single-family lots; a multifamily or high-density residential tract of land; a small retail tract of land; and an amenity area, which may be developed in conjunction with the parks department featuring paths and gathering places and some recreational facilities with a focus on preserving the natural features of the land.”

The agenda item was to originally discuss and discuss a PID application, but due to upset citizens' comments on the project, City Manager Scott Sellers explained the background of the project.

Sellers said Kyle annexed the land to protect residents from "nefarious developers" and to bring higher-quality developments to that quadrant of Kyle.

According to Sellers, the developers met the the standards required of Kyle to build, but a few road, water and wastewater infrastructure items were not up to par.

Therefore council was asked to consider accepting planned improvement district, or PID, application that would according to the proposal "finance a portion of the off-site wastewater facilities sufficient to serve the property, a portion of the boundary road improvements sufficient to serve the property and other authorized improvements under the PID Act through a city-administered PID."

According the agreement, the PID would not exceed $5 million.

During the council meeting Oct. 17, City Council accepted the PID application and scheduled a public hearing for Nov. 4 at 9 a.m.

Next steps: After the public hearing, Council will vote to either approve or disapprove the creation of the PID.

At a future meeting, Council will then have to adopt a resolution that determines the cost of the improvements and approve a preliminary Service and Assessment Plan (SAP).

Afterwards Council will hold a public hearing and adopt the final SAP that levies the assessments on the property.

When the SAP is settled Council will adopt and approve a PID financing agreement that will lay out the terms and between the city and the developer.

Finally, Council will approve a bond purchase agreement where bonds are sold.

Updated Nov. 2 to include next steps after the PID application approval.