A new commercial building construction ordinance drew considerable discussion during Monday’s meeting of the Glen Rose City Council. Councilman Bob Strickland said he would like to amend the current ordinance so that newly constructed commercial buildings would be required to use rock or artificial stone for the first 10-feet of the external structure.
“We can be flexible, but at least this strikes a benchmark,” Strickland said.
Councilman Rocky Terry agreed the rock was more visually appealing.
“The rock is beautiful,” Terry said. “But that’s asking a lot. It would be a real hardship [for new businesses].”
Under the current ordinance, new commercial construction must use approved masonry material for 75 percent of the visual storefront. The ordinance was put in place to discourage businesses from using stucco or metal siding on new buildings. The proposed changes would also prohibit the use of brick and wood siding.
“I think it’s a good idea because of the way we want our city to look,” said Councilwoman Barbara Mitchell.
Councilman Ricky Villa, along with Terry, requested more time to consider possible ramifications of the ordinance. Council members finally agreed to review similar ordinances in Granbury and Fredericksburg. They will discuss the topic again next Monday.
“We’ve been kicking this around and they are continuously building up around us,” said Councilman Chris Bryant. “We really need to move forward with this.”