City Council may approve almost $2 million in development agreements, contracts at tonight’s meeting

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At its regular City Council meeting Oct. 15, Lewisville could take major steps toward residential development in Old Town, and at a major cost — the city could agree to invest more than $1 million into new developments with its consent agenda alone. Council will also discuss the potential sale of its contract with Waste Management and how the Old Town Mixed Use zoning category should be updated. 

On its consent agenda, Council could approve a 315-unit apartment development on the southwest corner of College and Leonard on the outskirts of Old Town, a block away from the train station. Part of the agreement includes the developers providing a connection to Old Town Station, among other amenities.

According to background material, this $45 million development would be the first development in Old Town to be attached to a parking garage. The agreement provides that the city will provide a maximum grant of $500,000 toward the parking garage, waiving the entirety of the estimated $480,000 of development fees associated with the project, make an estimated $275,000-$445,000 worth of improvements to Leonard Street, reimburse an estimated $175,000 of water and sewer impact fees and provide off-site utility and drainage improvements for the project at an estimated cost of $100,000 to $155,000. That puts the total city investment in this project at between $1.5 and $1.75 million.

On the same consent agenda, Council could approve an economic agreement with RO Properties for a three-story multi-use building in the heart of Old Town, 170 W. Main St., that background material describes as “a catalyst for redevelopment and new development in the Old Town core district.” The three-story development will feature retail on the first floor, office use on the second and loft space on the third floor. Developers Randy and Ronda Owens said in January they already had tenants lined up for these lofts.

The economic development agreement includes as much as $40,000 from the city going toward this project, which includes 100 percent of the capital recovery fees. In return the Owens will invest $500,000 into the project and secure tenants for all three floors.

Also on the consent agenda, Council could approve a $465,545 per year contract with Marathon Health to continue to operate its Wellness Works Health Center at 2785 Rockbrook Drive and a $202,500 contract with Ace Pipe Cleaning Inc. for video inspection of storm sewer lines. The city has been contracting with Marathon Health since 2013 for a near-site health clinic. The clinic saw more than 2,000 visits between August 2017 and July 2018 according to background material, with about a 70/30 split between Lewisville and Coppell city employees. Employees covered by the city’s health insurance program are required to complete a biometrics visit at this center.

Also on the consent agenda, Council is expected to approve the Journey to dream fundraiser in Wayne Ferguson Plaza Nov. 3, approve a new interlocal law enforcement agreement with that will provide Lewisville jail staff with access to data on former Dallas County jail inmates and an agreement that will allow Lewisville residents to attend a first-time homebuyer class put on by Plano.

Per the agreement, Lewisville will pay Plano $2,203 per year to grant Lewisville Texans free access to the class. Lewisville started providing homebuyer education classes in 2005 through Transformance USA, but that contractor ran out of money and told the city it could only continue by charging residents $1,100 per class in 2016, according to background material. The classes were discontinued and Lewisville pursued other options. With this new agreement, residents will once again have free access to homebuyer education classes.

In public hearings, Council will consider a zone change ordinance for a strip of property along Oakbend Drive extending all the way from Uecker Drive and Rockbrook Drive, changing the area from light industrial to mixed use to allow for a 27-condominium development.

In regular hearings, Council will consider whether or not to approve the transfer of its waste hauling contracts from Waste Management to Republic Services. Waste Management, which has collected Lewisville’s trash since the 1970s, is attempting to sell off all of its contracts in the area as its local landfill, DFW Landfill, nears capacity.

Each individual city must approve the transfer, and it will only be worth Republic Services’ money if enough cities do so. The contracts cannot be amended without Council approval, and Waste Management employees are expected to transfer over to Republic Services.

Lewisville’s current contract runs through Dec. 31, 2024, with a 10 year extension option written in.

Council may update the assessment and service plans for two Castle Hills public improvement districts — district 4, which has been subdivided into different sizes, and district 7, which has had lots added to the original district. Public improvement districts, or PIDs, are isolated areas from which a city may assess special taxes that go toward hyper-local improvements. Castle Hills, which is not a part of Lewisville yet, is split into seven PIDs. There are two PIDs in Lewisville proper, one in Old Town and one in the Hebron Station area.

Council may also approve the formation of a Lewisville Complete Count Committee to assist with the 2020 Census, as requested by the U.S. Census Bureau. Council will see a presentation on the census during workshop.

Council will consider dates and locations for its 2019 retreat. The recommendation is a Feb. 14-16 retreat, with the first day spent in Castle Hills and the next two at the Hilton Garden Inn in Lewisville.

The city is also expected to accept a 14.8 acre tract along Timber Creek, centered on the area passed over by the Hebron Parkway bridge. The nearby Target has agreed to maintain the area.

Lastly, Council is expected to waive fees associated with this year’s Best Little Brewfest, scheduled for Oct. 20 in Old Town. The total value of the requested waiver is unknown since the permit is still processing, but waivers in past years have run around $6,200 according to background material. In the same item, the city will authorize Cloud9 Charities to host its fundraising event concurrent with the brewfest.

At a 6:30 p.m. workshop session, in addition to the census presentation, Council will hear a presentation on the future of the Old Town Mixed Use 1 zoning classification. At the previous City Council meeting Oct. 1, Council denied a zone change request that would have brought 16 townhomes into a single-family neighborhood in Old Town. Staff found that city policy sent conflicting messages on this proposal, with the Old Town Master Plan encouraging that zoning classification for that neighborhood but also encouraging its preservation. Staff sent the proposal to council without a recommendation, asking for guidance.

Council almost unanimously rejected the proposal, with councilmembers TJ Gilmore and Neil Ferguson saying the zoning was intended more to be used on the east side of the downtown area. The staff presentation at tonight’s meeting will include several changes to the zoning ordinance to reflect these sentiments.

Lewisville City Council meets the first and third Monday of every month 7 p.m. at City Hall, 151 W. Church St. in Old Town, usually with a workshop session at 6:30 p.m. at which the majority of discussion takes place. These meetings are open to the public.

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