Despite several resident speeches and public opposition by three council members, a zoning request to change property from 1404 N.E. Barnard Street from R-1 Single Family to R-4 Multi-Family passed at the Glen Rose regular monthly city council meeting on Monday, July 13.
The sale of the property, located at the opening to Glen Rose’s preservation district, was contingent upon the approval of the zoning change, which will allow several apartment complexes to be built. As presented, the complex would consist of three 12-unit complexes, which will be three-story apartments complete with fireplaces.
During the public hearing portion of the meeting, several residents stood and voiced their opposition to the apartments being approved as presented.
“One reason people come here is because of our look,” Joan Taylor said. “You can make it look like Glen Rose. The opening to the preservation district is very important and that’s why we think the apartments should look like the rest of the town.”
City council member Chris Bryant listed three major concerns with the project. Among them were the exterior siding, its proximity to the road and how it will fit into the comprehensive plan.
“We have a comprehensive plan in the works,” he said. “We don’t know what that is going to consist of (yet).”
Fellow council member Bob Stricklin said his opposition to the project laid in the height of the apartments and its exterior presentation.
“A three-story building is going to look like a hotel there,” Stricklin said. “It’s not going to be congruent with what we want. It needs a rural look. Within the city limits there are plenty of places to put a three-story building that will look congruent.”
After discussing the item, councilman Ricky Villa made a motion to approve the zoning change, which was seconded by Rocky Terry. The motion failed three to one, with all remaining council members opposing it.
However, because the vote did not fail four to one, the planning and zoning commission’s recommendation to approve the zoning change the motion passed.
“We have no more say in it from here,” Stricklin said.
The council also reconsidered appointments made to the 4B Advisory Board on June 8 and proposed to replace one member.
“I think we need to replace at least one,” council member Barbara Mitchell said.
Mitchell made a motion to request Craig Dodson to step down from the board and be replaced by Mitchell George. The motion passed on a vote of three to two, with councilmen Bryant and Villa opposing.