ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – Conversation regarding a conditional use permit to allow construction of a multi-family apartment complex in South Abilene continued Thursday morning at the Abilene City Council meeting.
The Abilene City Council heard public comments from a number of residents of the Legacy Village subdivision and surrounding areas regarding the burning issue on the first reading of the ordinance.
“Today is just a move to second reading,” said Abilene City Councilman, Place 5, Kyle McAlister. “One of the reasons we like to do this is for people who aren’t here to talk today. We want to give them a chance next time. Why they are going ahead is just a matter of procedure.
From the impact an apartment complex has on surrounding property values to safety and security, many residents like Cindy Haley Ramsey have spoken their minds. “While I am not opposed to growth, I have many concerns about building a multi-family apartment complex next to me and my Legacy neighborhood,” Ramsey said.
Council determined this morning that because more than 20% of residents in the 200-foot notification area expressed their disapproval via mail notice, a super majority vote requiring at least 6 council votes would be required for the conditional use. Passage permit on July 14.
Currently proposed multi-family dwellings that are adjacent to Memorial Drive and those adjacent to the northern property line are expected to have a height limit of two (2) stories. A Type A buffer zone will be installed along the northern boundary of the property. In addition, a seven-foot (7′) high masonry fence will serve as a barrier on the Memorial Drive side of the property.
Talks about a new apartment complex in South Abilene follow rising rents and housing availability in Abilene.