I’ve always voted with holistic view on re-zones, and with the City’s long term goals in mind. I’ve always voted with a focus on benefits from a change against potential negative outcomes in mind. Two re-zone votes that took extra consideration are the Alexander property, and Petra Commons.
The Alexander property was important to support our instate access justification. Federal standards are clear that land use zoning drives interchange approvals. The rezone was completed with phased development triggers to force the development to occur at a controlled pace, a creation of a Special Assessment District to fund infrastructure improvements with dollars from the developer, and a commitment to donate land to Williamson County Schools. Ultilmetly I felt the positives outweighed the potential negatives.
Petra Commons was also a difficult vote. I believe commercial development should occur along Hwy 31, not residential or multifamily developments. Commercial development away from Hwy 31 on this land would have resulted in commercial development creating conflict with the existing single family homes; this would have been wrong. A single access point from Hwy 31 is less than ideal, but unfortunately multiple access points was impossible due to existing development.