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Sulphur Springs City Council To Consider Plat For New Housing Development, 5 Rezoning Requests

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Harrison, Spraggins To Take Oath For Council Council; Officers, City Boards and Commissions To Be Selected

Sulphur Springs City has a packed agenda Tuesday night; the Council members are being asked to consider a plat for a new housing development, five rezoning requests, and requests to establish a reinvestment zone and an Advisory Sidewalk Committee. Tommy Harrison and Garry Spraggins who were unchallenged in the spring for Places 4 and 5 on the City Council, are slated to take the oath of office tonight, while officers and city board and commissions are to be selected by the council. The board also includes consideration of contract bids for a Sports Pavilion at Pacific Park.

New Development

EEE Development LLC is asking the city to approve 21.138 acres of land into 48 single family lots with four common areas. The project would be Phase One of a larger 62.41 acre subdivision plat for Ellis Crossing Phase I. The property is located on the State Highway 11 (Houston Street) west of State Highway 19. The property is zoned single family residential (SF-6) and abuts the railroad to the south, SH 11 to the north and is located behind commercial properties on SH 19.

Plat location for Ellis Crossing

The lots meet the minimum dimensional requirements. The developer plans to install street, drainage, water and sewer with two entrances and a water line loop back to SH 19. Storm water runoff, as proposed, will be routed into wet detention ponds along the front of the property. The city engineer has determined the utilities and drainage acceptable. The common areas containing the ponds are to be privately maintained.

The request is forwarded with staff recommendations to the City Council at the recommendation of the Planning & Zoning Commission.

City staff recommends approving the plat and authorizing a community facilities contract which will require a bond for public improvements which will become public property provided two conditions are met: First, staff recommends a note be placed on the plat that the wet detention ponds will be privately maintained by the developer or association. A second note on the plat would stipulate that sidewalks be installed by the home builder at the time of home construction.

Plans provided during the May Planning and Zoning Board meeting for the planned Ellis Crossing

Rezoning Requests

Jason and Jennifer Lacomfora are asking that property located at 1120 Church Street, a 1.54-acre tract be rezoned from multifamily to heavy commercial.

Hopkins County Holdings LLC (Hopkins County Hospital District) as requested that 302 and 306 Magnolia Street be rezoned from light industrial to multifamily and that 530 Davis Street be rezoned from single family-10 to professional office. This will clean up some zoning to fit the use for the structures. This will clean up the zoning should the property be sold in the future.

Libba Land LTD requested that property to he northeast corner of I-30 and SH 19, 12 acres out of 24.73 acre parcel, be rezoned from heavy commercial to light industrial.

Other Ordinances

The city is asked to establish a reinvestment zone for Ashoka Steel Mills, amending the master fee schedule, amending the 2021-2022 annual budget ordinance, provisions allowing for a residential homestead property tax exemption.

Other items

Tommy Harrison and Gary Spraggins are slated to take the oath of office, the mayor and Mayor pro tem are to be selected; and the Economic Development Corporation, Zoning Board of Adjustments, Airport Advisory Board, Sulphur River Municipal Water
District, Library Board, Board of Tourism and Promotion, Construction Board of Adjustments and Appeals, Planning and Zoning Commission, Ark-Tex Council of Governments, Downtown Revitalization Board, and the Revolving Loan Fund Committee to be appointed.

The City Council will also consider bids for a contract for the sports pavilion at Pacific Park, establishing an Advisory Sidewalk Committee, suspending the June 17 effective date of Oncor electric delivery company’s requested rate change to permit hte city time to study the request and establish reasonable rates and work with the steering committee.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. June 7, at City Hall. An appreciation reception will also be held in the Council Chambers from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Tuesday for Freddie Taylor  for “18 years of loyal service, dedication and friendship to the citizens of Sulphur Springs,” while serving as a member of Sulphur Springs City Council.

Author: Faith Huffman

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