— When aldermen gather for their first Common Council
meeting of the new year on Thursday, they’ll be asked to
back a proposal to rezone the former Fracaro’s Lanes
property at 1430 White Rock Ave., paving the way for a
possible apartment complex at the site.
Plan Commission voted 6-0 earlier this month to recommend
that 1.4 acres of land at the southwest corner of East
Moreland Boulevard and White Rock Avenue, as well as
another 1.13 acres across the street on the southeast
corner of the intersection, be rezoned from
“neighborhood business” district to a “multifamily
panel held off, however, on approving a conceptual plan
for a 72-unit apartment complex that sparked the rezoning
request after several residents, and commissioners,
expressed concerns about the initial plan.
largely had issues with having such a dense development on
an already problematic corner, while commissioners thought
the concept itself — at least in its current form —
was a bad fit.
all residents who spoke expressed general opposition to
having a multi-family development at the site, Community
Development Director Jennifer Andrews said planners have
looked at the corner and determined that commercial and
single-family developments no longer make sense for the
other items, the council will be asked to approve an
overhaul of the city’s sign code aimed at putting it in
compliance with a recent court ruling.
changes are being considered to bring regulations in line
with Reed vs. Town of Gilbert, a U.S. Supreme Court
decision, which stated that sign codes with content-based
restrictions are unconstitutional in most cases.
“Contentbased restrictions include distinctions such as
For Sale Signs, Election Campaign Signs, and Construction
Signs,” etc., along with most permit exemptions, states
a memo attached to the agenda.
proposed code would remove these distinctions and
exemptions and replace them with new regulations that will
still achieve the desired results, according to the memo.
part of the changes, the City Attorney’s Office is also
calling for the elimination of the city’s longstanding
Sign Review Board and Sign Appeals Board.
the proposed changes, the Sign Review Board’s
responsibilities would be replaced with staff review, and
the Plan Commission would take over the Sign Appeal
changes would also make the review process more
straightforward for sign applicants and reduce the wait
time for a sign permit from as much as a month to no more
than a day or two, according to city staff.
council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at City Hall, 201