Council to debate zoning in former condo project area
By Matt Ward —
Months after neighboring residents prevented construction of an 11-unit condominium project on South Lee Street, the Fredericksburg City Council is considering zoning to preclude similar projects in that area.
Monday’s public hearing on the issue will continue July 1, after which councilmen will consider changing the land use plan from medium- to low-density residential and the zoning from R-2 Mixed Residential to R-1 Single Family Residential.
Several citizens spoke on the matter, but in light of Mayor Jeryl Hoover’s absence, the council chose to continue the hearing at its next regular meeting before calling a vote.
That meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the Gillespie County Law Enforcement Center Community Meeting Room, 1601 East Main Street.
In January, the council voted 3-2 (Hoover and Councilman Tim Dooley, opposed) to grant an appeal overturning the Planning and Zoning Commission’s approval of a site plan for the Cottages at Baron’s Creek.
Residents speak out
South Lee Street resident Russell Reese said when he purchased property in that neighborhood, he understood the single family residential nature of the area despite the zoning code stating otherwise.
“We acknowledge that the property we own was R-2 at the time of our purchase,” Reese said. “We recognized, however, that the surrounding land use in the neighborhood is overwhelmingly single family residential. Hence, we acquired the property for that purpose alone.”
Bill Vernon, who lives on East Ufer Street, said residents would like to maintain the neighborhood’s integrity as it has progressed over the past 20 years.
“Over the years, we have developed it into a very nice neighborhood and a nice little community of people,” Vernon said. “We’d like to protect that against some housing development coming in and turning it into a public property rather than a residential property.”
Opposing the zoning change, however, is Matthew Mabery, who owns multiple lots on East Creek Street. He said the proposed changes would limit his ability to use his own property for what he initially intended and for which it was originally zoned.
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