The quest to find a way to add parking lots in Kerrville is temporarily in neutral.
Kerrville’s Planning and Zoning Commission on Thursday tabled an amendment to the city zoning codes, which would have made it possible for property owners to seek conditional use permits for parking in any of the city’s 40 zoning districts.
The proposal faltered as commissioners questioned allowing parking in residential areas and heard that landowners would expect permission under that method of application.
As he has done at previous meetings, commissioner Rustin Zuber opposed conditional use for parking in single-family residential districts.
“I don’t see where we would have parking lots in residential districts. … I don’t see where that would be compatible,” he said.
Commissioner Garrett Harmon responded that churches and schools are sometimes in residential districts, and they may want to add parking on adjacent lots.
Chief planning officer Sabine Keunzel said that an advantage of the conditional use system is that the requestor must furnish a plan for what they will do. If the land owner is requesting a zoning change, they do not have to be specific about what they will do with the property.
While the process for obtaining a conditional use permit is the same — through the proposed amendment or by noting whether it is allowed in each zoning district’s table — city officials said there is a difference in how land owners view the two methods.
Drew Paxton, executive director for development services, said offering a conditional use in all zones “has a larger perception that you are going to have conditions of approval, case by case.”
Putting it in the tables, “has a general perception, that its a yes or no on a case by case basis,” he added.
City staff will draw up another proposal, which the commission will consider at a future session.
Earlier in Thursday’s meeting, commissioners denied a conditional use permit to install a manufactured home at 3410 Memorial Blvd., adjacent to the Veteran’s Administration hospital entrance.
Charles Wickware, who owns the two-acre property, said he and his wife wanted to place the manufactured home on the land as a home for their daughter who works at the veteran’s hospital. Their son lives in another house already on the property.
He noted the need for affordable housing in Kerrville, and said this was his family’s way of providing some.
The property is zoned 29-E, which allows, among other uses, cocktail lounges, single and multiple family homes, funeral services, custom manufacturing, restaurants, retail shops and new car sales.
Voting 2-3 on a motion to approve the request, a majority of the commissioners agreed with chairman Bob Waller’s position that the location is in a gateway corridor and should be developed in a manner that enhances Kerrville’s eastern entrance.
In other business, the commissioners approved a preliminary plat for Comanche Trace Section 15; discussed a pending ordinance amendment concerning design standards for wireless telecommunication networks; and took no action on a final replat on a portion of The Meridian subdivision. That replat will be resubmitted.