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2021 Amendments
Comprehensive Plan Notifications
Adopted November 22, 2021
View Ordinance #2021-4314
-Requires mailed notices for property-specific Comprehensive Plan Amendments to the Future Land Use & Character Map, as well as neighborhood metings for these proposed amendments. Limits the timeframe in which Comprehensive Plan Amendment applications may be submitted during major Comprehensive Plan updates and evaluations.   

Restricted Occupancy Overlay (ROO)
Adopted April 19, 2021
View Ordinance #2021-4259
-Creates a new overlay zoning option for single-family subdivisions to restrict occupancy to no more than two unrelated persons. An application for a ROO requires a majority (50% + one) of a subdivision's property owners to sign a petition supporting the application. A legacy (grandfather) clause allows existing occupancy levels up to four unrelated persons to continue under certain conditions. The city's existing restrictions of no more than four unrelated persons remain for all areas without the overlay.  

2020 Amendments

Related and Family Definition
Adopted December 10, 2020
View Ordinance #2020-4228
-Addresses public concern regarding the restrictive nature of the definitions of "family" and "related" and modernize the ordinance in accordance with legal precedent. The proposed amendment creates a more permissive definition of "family" that removes language referring to degrees of consanguinity (blood relation) and affinity (marriage relation), clarifies specific familial types, and codifies a new method of counting relationships to ensure a maximum of one family unit and three unrelated individuals will be allowed per dwelling unit.  

Replat Notification Requirements
Adopted October 8, 2020
View Ordinance #2020-4214
-Adds the option to Specific Notice Requirements for the City to notify neighboring property owners of the Planning & Zoning Commission's approval of certain replats in lieu of holding public hearings for the replats. This option was adopted by the 86th Texas Legislature in response to concerns that public hearings were required for replats that state statute requires the Planning & Zoning Commission to approve.

Neighborhood Prevailing Overlay Ordinances
Adopted June 11, 2020
View Ordinance #2020-4187
-This ordinance amendment establishes the Neighborhood Prevailing Overlay as a retired district. Establishing the NPO as a retired district does not change the requirements for the one existing NPO in the Glenhaven Estates subdivision, but ensures that no one may request an NPO in the future. If a subdivision wishes to establish a single-family overlay district they should petition for a Neighborhood Conservation Overlay (NCO).

Neighborhood Conservation Overlay

Adopted March 9, 2020
View Ordinance #2020-4161

-Removes references to the Neighborhood Prevailing Overlay and the Conservation Study. Adds Garage Requirement and Garage Size to the Options for Inclusion. Updates the Tree Preservation section to clarify that trees are to be barricaded and preserved during demolition and/or construction as measured by a radius, and adds the option to exclude specific tree species from preservation requirements. Provides the Neighborhood Conservation Overlay (NCO) Petition Committee the option to include a maximum number of Off-Street Parking spaces, parking area and location per yard, and required driveway width between 12 and 25 feet. Allows for anyone to be a member of the Petition Committee for any subdivision. Adds meeting sign-in sheets, and minutes signed by a Petition Committee member to the list of requirements for a complete NCO application. 

Mobile Food Vendor
Adopted March 9, 2020
View Ordinance #2020-4163
-Updates the Mobile Food Vendor ordinance to clarify the application process and requirements, inspection process and permit renewal. 

Impervious Cover
Adopted March 9, 2020
View Ordinance #2020-4162
-Provides a maximum percentage of the lot that may be covered with impervious surfaces. These percentages vary and are implemented and assessed based on the property's zoning district. The amendment only applies to single-family residential zoning districts. There is additional flexibility that allows for different percentages to be used if an accepted drainage analysis or study is performed

Single-Family Residential Dimensional Standards

Adopted January 23, 2020
View Ordinance #2020-4150
-Allows flexibility in the design and layout of detached single-family subdivisions through an additional side setback option, while maintaining the fifteen (15) feet of building separation intended for these types of developments. 

2019 Amendments

Lots Made Nonconforming by Annexation

Adopted August 8, 2019
View Ordinance #2019-4114
-Updates the Nonconformitites section to explicitly state that lots and platted or partially-platted building plots made nonconforming through annexation are allowed to replat, provided the replat brings the property closer to compliance with current zoning district standards. 

Multi-Family Park Land Dedication 
Adopted July 29, 2019
View Ordinance #2019-4111
Updates the Parkland Dedication section by modifying the fee schedule so that land dedication requirements for multifamily developments are proportional to the fee-in-lieu dedication. 

Block Length
Adopted March 28, 2019
View Ordinance #2019-4086
-Block Perimeter requirements have been removed and exemptions from block length requirements were added for single-family development plats and minor plats. In addition, the Thoroughfare Plan Functional Classification and Context Class Map is now the measurement guide for Block Length and Cul de Sac Length.

Sidewalk Fee In Lieu
Adopted March 14, 2019
View Ordinance #2019-4078
-Allows Fee in Lieu of Construction for sidewalks to be determined by the Administrator rather than the Planning & Zoning Commission.

2018 Amendments

Low-Density Residential Height Protection
Adopted November 19, 2018
View Ordinance #2018-4060
-Simplifies the General Provision's Height subsection of the UDO by prescribing a 1:2 slope from the property line under which a multi-family or nonresidential structure being constructed adjacent to a single-family use must fall. The amendment also adds a definition of Building Height with graphics in the UDO's Defined Terms.

Accessory Living Quarters
Adopted November 19, 2018
View Ordinance #2018-4059
-Allows for rental of accessory living quarters, requires one additional off-street parking space for accessory living quarters, limits accessory living quarters use to no more than two (2) unrelated people.

Single-Family Parking
Adopted September 13, 2018
View Ordinance #2018-4040
-Removes maximum parking requirement for areas designated Neighborhood Conservation on the City's Comprehensive Plan.

Preliminary Plan/Building Code Clean-Up
Adopted August 23, 2018
View Ordinance #2018-4034
-Corrects minor text omissions, outdated references, and clerical errors throughout the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO).

Non-Residential Landscaping
Adopted June 14, 2018
View Ordinance #2018-4018
-Adds flexibility for landscaping and buffer requirements of non-residential and multi-family developments; provides options for water conserving irrigation; and creates ability to gain additional landscaping point credits for retaining existing and Texas native trees.

Removal of the Krenek Tap Overlay District
Adopted April 12, 2018
View Ordinance #2018-4001
-The Krenek Tap Overlay zoning district was adopted in 2003 to help implement an urban development concept along Krenek Tap Road. As the City is no longer pursuing that vision and the overlay is no longer applied to any property, the Krenek Tap Overlay regulations were removed from the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO).

Suburban Commercial Development Standards
Adopted April 12, 2018
View Ordinance #2018-3999

Standards as Related to Screening, Architectural Features, and Color Palette
Adopted February 22, 2018
View Ordinance #2018-3991

Bicycle Rack Amendments
Adopted February 22, 2018
View Ordinance #2018-3990
-Provides updates to the City's bicycle parking standards.

Criteria for Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Map Amendments
Adopted February 8, 2018
View Ordinance #2018-3984

Administrative Approval of Site Plans, Buildings & Signs in the Wolf Pen Creek Design District
Adopted February 8, 2018
View Ordinance #2018-3985

Changes to Nonconformities to permit increased flexibility for non-conforming uses and structures.
Adopted January 11, 2018
View Ordinance #2018-3970

2017 Amendments

Changes to Preliminary Plans
Adopted December 14, 2017
View Ordinance #2017-3967
-Provides administrative approval of Preliminary Plans unless the applicant is seeking a waiver or discretionary item.

Health Clubs in Commercial Industrial Zoning
Adopted September 11, 2017
View Ordinance #2017-3931

Utility Easement Requirements
Adopted September 11, 2017
View Ordinance #2017-3920
-Provides the City Engineer with flexibility regarding the location and width of utility easements.

Off-Street Parking Requirements
Adopted August 24, 2017
View Ordinance #2017-3923
-Provides additional flexibility to the City's off-street parking requirements to reduce the occurrence of underutilized parking areas.

Single-Family Landscape Requirements
Adopted July 27, 2017
View Ordinance #2017-3909
-Adds flexibility for landscaping requirements of single-family developments; eliminates screening requirements of concrete retaining walls, off-street loading areas, and utility connections; and eliminates visual treatment requirements for concrete weirs, drainage outlets, and spillways.

General Requirements & Minimum Standards of Design for Subdivisions
Adopted May 11, 2017
View Ordinance #2017-3886
-Clarifies the original intent of the ordinance and provides the Administrator with discretion in the calculation of the average lot width.

Itinerant Vendors & Tent Sales
Adopted January 26, 2017
View Ordinance #2017-3857
-Exempts mobile medical clinics from itinerant vendor requirements and expands the number of days allowed for outdoor tent sales.


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