In a rare triple-header Monday (Jan. 14), the West University City Council will hold a workshop, conduct a joint public hearing with the Zoning & Planning Commission, then move into its regular semi-monthly meeting — to consider a solution to a longstanding issue with AT&T and likely hire a new city manager.
The session begins at 6 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 3800 University Blvd. with the workshop, which includes an executive session.
The joint public hearing with the ZPC will consider an ordinance that would create a new Planned Development District-Single Family 3 designation for six lots on Ruskin at Academy, which AT&T uses for parking and loading and unloading of vehicles that service U-verse accounts in the area. Because it is a public hearing, council members and ZPC commissioners will only hear comments, not discuss the matter themselves nor vote on it.
The proposed ordinance defines acceptable uses, hours and additional details and would apply only as long as AT&T continues to own the lots.
The uses of the property have changed with AT&T’s technology and services over the decades, and some nearby residents have sought to limit what they have said is offensive noise, traffic and trash generated by the vehicles and personnel.
The ZPC may move into its own session after the workshop, and has tentatively scheduled a meeting for 6:15 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 17) to consider the AT&T zoning matter. No additional public comment will be heard at that time.
The other major agenda item for council is possible appointment of a new city manager to replace Chris Peifer, who has indicated his last day will be Jan. 22.
The city received 34 applications for the post, which pays between $175,000-200,000.
Other agenda items include consideration of naming J.P. Morgan Chase as the city’s bank and introduction of “It’s Time Texas,” described as an eight-week community health challenge.
The full agenda and background materials can be viewed here.