Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Explorer Pipeline To Construct a New Fuel Storage Facility Tank

Explorer Pipeline Company will be constructing a new fuel storage facility on a 16 acre property located in the southeast portion of the City addressed as 2200 Mustang Ct., Southlake, Texas. The location of the new fuel storage tank will be south of the E. Continental Boulevard and Crooked Lane roadway intersection and within the existing Southlake fuel farm.

In 1992, City Council approved a Specific Use Permit and Site Plan for Explorer Pipeline to allow the location of petroleum operations on this property. The approval of the site plan allowed two (2) existing fuel storage tanks to remain in place at this location and permitted the construction of (4) new storage tanks. This is the first fuel storage tank that Explorer Pipeline has constructed since the 1992 approval. In addition to this new fuel storage tank, Energy Pipeline has the right to construct 3 additional new tanks at this location. However, at this time there are no plans to construct any additional tanks beyond the single new tank being installed.

 

The construction of the new tank will result in the removal of the tree cover in this general vicinity. “The 1992 Specific Use Permit and Site Plan approval took place before adoption of the City’s first Tree Preservation Ordinance,” Senior Director of Planning and Development Ken Baker said. “Therefore the 1992 site plan approval was not subject to the tree preservation standards or requirements that are in place today.”

Currently, the City is reviewing the technical building plans for the fuel storage facility and it is expected that the plans will be approved soon by the City and construction may begin as soon as this summer. Any road closures or traffic delays due to construction related traffic will be announced on Southlake Mobility.

Southlake Receives 2019 Tree City USA Award!

For the 22nd straight year, the City of Southlake has been named a Tree City USA Community.  The award recognizes urban forestry management excellence.

The honor is given by The Arbor Day Foundation, which recently recertified the City as a designated 2019 Tree City USA community.

Tree City USA is a program that’s been greening up cities and towns across America since 1976. This program helps provide a framework for communities to manage and expand their public trees footprint, while also celebrating the importance of an urban tree canopy and raising awareness of improving care for these vital trees.

To qualify for Tree City USA status, a community must meet four core standards of sound urban forestry management:

  1. Maintaining a tree board or department;
  2. Establishing a community tree ordinance;
  3. Spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry;
  4. Celebrating Arbor Day through a proclamation or observance

“The City takes great pride in being recertified as a 2019 Tree City USA community,” said Senior Director of Planning and Development Services Ken Baker. “This designation allows our department to proudly promote the value of public trees and upholding sustainable tree management.”

To learn more about Tree City USA, visit the Arbor Day Foundation’s website. For more information about Southlake’s efforts in urban forestry management, please visit the Planning and Development Services website or give us a call at 817-748-8621.

FY 2019 Annual Development Report Available Online

Every year the City of Southlake Planning and Development Services Department creates and publishes an annual report to present along with the City’s budget. The report was recently published online and provides a small glimpse into the daily activities of the department during fiscal year 2019 to help tell Southlake’s development story.

“Our department strives to provide quality standards in the services we offer and exceptional customer service to stimulate growth and development in Southlake,” City of Southlake Senior Director of Planning and Development Services Ken Baker said. “That is why the annual development report is so important. It fosters transparency efforts that keep us accountable in promoting quality development and economic wellness in our City.”

View the FY 2019 Annual Development Report here.

The Annual Development Report is comprised of seven sections: Southlake Snapshot, Economic Overview, Understanding Development, New Residential Development, New Commercial Development, Valuation and Revenue.

The report includes:

Southlake At-A-Glance – In this section, residents and visitors can get a glimpse of Southlake’s public profile by reviewing the population size, percentage of land developed, number of square miles and financial valuation.

Economic Overview – This section displays data pertaining to the amount of consumer sales generated, the number of businesses in Southlake, office and retail space overview, the real estate market and other information that helps determine the state of the economy.

Understanding Development  This section shows a step-by-step overview of the development process and how to conduct development business in Southlake. It displays an overview of our 2035 Comprehensive Plan, which includes master plan elements that provide a vision for Southlake’s future. This section also provides information about the department’s organizational structure and the many services offered. New to this section is an overview of the numerous boards, commissions and committees the Planning and Development Services Department works with. Lastly, this section provides updates on current residential and commercial construction projects within the city.

New Residential Development – This section is new to the report this year. Within this section, you’ll find graphs and charts depicting information on new residential permit values, square footage permitted and permit fees collected. The data is collected throughout the fiscal year and is displayed against previous fiscal year data to show ongoing trends for development in the city.

New Commercial Development – This section is new to the report this year. Within this section you’ll find graphs and charts depicting information on new commercial permit values, square footage permitted, and permit fees collected. The data is collected throughout the fiscal year and is displayed against previous fiscal year data to show ongoing trends for development in the city.

Valuation – This section displays graphs and charts with valuation information for the City in fiscal year 2019. The data presented includes the amount of residential and commercial valuation added, the total residential and non-residential valuation and a comparison of the total assessed value and taxable value.

Revenue –This section displays graphs and charts of revenue collected by the City in fiscal year 2019. The data presented includes the amount of property tax, sales tax and franchise tax collected for the general fund, hotel occupancy tax collected, sign permit fees collected and total fees from building permits collected.

To learn more about the FY 2019 Annual Development Report or view the document, please visit our annual development report web page or give us a call at 817-748-8621.

Southlake Awarded 2019 Certificate of Achievement for Planning Excellence

Congratulations to the City of Southlake for receiving the 2019 Certificate of Achievement for Planning Excellence from the American Planning Association Texas Chapter! This certificate recognizes the dedication and support shown by City Council, members of the Planning and Zoning Commission and City staff to uphold professional planning standards for the City.

The American Planning Association Texas Chapter awards city municipalities this certificate for planning excellence through their Richard R. Lillie, FAICP Planning Excellence Recognition Program. The goals of the program include:

  • Increasing community awareness of the importance of planning;
  • Recognizing planning departments which meet certain professional requirements;
  • Recognizing planning efforts that have achieved community support;
  • Encouraging the funding of professional training for Planning Commissioners and staff; and
  • Aiding economic development and community image.

This marks the fifteenth consecutive year that the City of Southlake has been recognized for this award. The City scored well above the 100-point threshold to receive recognition. Some of the evaluation criteria include level of training of Planning Commissioners and professional staff, professional qualifications of the planning staff, formulating and updating master plan components, and completion of other planning related projects.

If you would like to view the certificate or have additional questions please visit the Planning and Development Services Department in Southlake Town Hall, Suite 310 or visit our webpage here.

What’s In the Annual Development Quarterly Report?

Every year the City of Southlake’s Planning and Development Services Department develops an Annual Development Report to present along with the City’s budget. The supporting documentation in the report covers the breakdown of how different types of revenue support the city’s functions. So what does it all mean? Let’s take a look.

The Fiscal Year 2019 reporting period is from October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019.  However, before the initial report is finalized, the Planning and Development Services Department publishes an update to the Annual Report at the end of each quarter to give a snapshot of city updates on development-related activities and the fees collected from those projects.

The data that goes into the report is gathered and put together throughout the year by multiple departments and divisions within the City. When the full report is published, it will mirror information highlighted with the City’s Fiscal Year 2019 Adopted Budget.

The reports consist of six main sections: Southlake At-A-Glance, Economic Overview, Understanding Development, Development Highlights, Valuation and Revenue.

When finalized, each section comes complete with graphs, charts and descriptions to provide supporting documentation for the data within the report.

Below is an overview of what each section includes:

Southlake At-A-Glance – In this section, residents and visitors can get a glimpse of Southlake’s public profile by reviewing the demographics for the population, graduation rate, sales tax rate and information about Carroll Independent School District (CISD).

Economic Overview – This section displays data pertaining to the real estate market, labor pool age, office and retail space overview, and other information that helps determine the state of the economy.

Understanding Development – This section shows a step-by-step overview of our development process and how to conduct development business in Southlake. It also displays an overview of our 2035 Comprehensive Plan, which includes master plan elements that provide a vision for Southlake’s future.

Development Highlights – This section includes the numbers of permits issued and the value of those permits from residential and commercial to sign and pool permits.

Valuation and Revenue – This section displays the amount of permit fees for each quarter.

These quarterly updates help city staff track land development and economic development-related numbers so that they can be included in the annual report. The FY 2019 Annual Development Report will be available on our website in January 2020.

To view the quarterly report, please visit our website.

City Council to consider amendments to Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances

Southlake City Council will consider updates to the Zoning Ordinance and the Subdivision Ordinance at their next two meetings.

What does this mean?

Zoning Ordinance No. 480

The proposed amendments will better reflect staff’s current interpretation and application of the existing ordinances. The amendment proposes the following:

  • Set minimum standards for when sidewalks are required with a new development or expansion, as well as granting City Council variance authority;
  • Clarification of what kind of structures count towards lot coverages as well as the maximum permitted accessory building area within residential districts;
  • Approval for portable buildings will now be considered by City Council as a Specific Use Permit (SUP) rather than through Special Exception Use (SEU) from the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA);
  • Adding items such as outdoor fire pits/fire places/kitchens to the list of residential accessories and Correct miscellaneous section references and numbering

Subdivision Ordinance No. 483

The proposed amendment includes:

  • Addressing a Tier 1 Southlake 2030 Mobility Master Plan recommendation, proposing elimination of sidewalk exemptions and to change the minimum sidewalk width requirement for certain developments from four feet to five feet.

At their September 7, 2017 meeting, the Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of both ordinance amendments.

Click here to view the video of these items (Items 6 and 7 on the agenda) as presented at the Planning & Zoning Commission meeting on September 7, 2017. As with all proposals, the amendments are subject to change pending City Council approval.
You can stay up-to-date with this process by visiting the Video On Demand page on the City website. Please contact the Planning and Development Services department with any questions at (817) 748-8621.

City Plans Open House For Land Use Plan Update

“Why are they building a restaurant there?” “How do City leaders make their decisions?” Those are just some of the land use questions the City Council and City leaders hear from Southlake citizens, especially when a new development is proposed.

Answering those big picture questions is the focus of an open house updating City’s Land Use Plan, specifically the State Highway 114 Sector Plan.

This open house will be the first of several public meetings designed to share information and accept public input on the City’s future development aspirations, which will eventually be adopted as the Southlake 2035 Land Use Plan.

Land Use Plan Open House

  • Wednesday, April 19, 2017
    Third Floor Conference Rooms, Town Hall
    1400 Main Street
  • 5:00 – 6:30 pm Open House
    6:30 pm – 7:00 pm Plan Presentation with Q&A

“The Land Use Plan (LUP) is the cornerstone of the City’s comprehensive master plan,” said Ken Baker, Senior Director of Planning and Development Services. “It will serve as a policy guide for Council as our elected officials make zoning decisions, and it also provides the basis for the preparation of other City master plans.”

The American Planning Association states that the goal of land-use planning is to “further the welfare of people and their communities by creating convenient, equitable, healthful, efficient, and attractive environments for present and future generations.” In Southlake, the LUP is a policy document with an accompanying map, clearly identifying desired land use for parcels within the City.

City leaders have used land use plans as a blueprint for City development since the 1960s. Updates have been made over the years, as required by the City Charter, to reflect changing conditions.

“The original LUP reflected a planned build-out population of more than 50,000 residents, had a strong industrial component, and contemplated significant commercial development,” explains Baker. “Things have changed over the years, and today the LUP defines the City’s ultimate development quite differently. For example, Southlake’s expected build out population is now estimated at 34,000. It’s important to regularly review it, and the public’s participation is essential for getting it right.”

The following chart shows the current mix of uses, as reflected in the Southlake 2030 Land Use Plan.

2017-4-7 land use

Consolidated Land Use Plan Percentage Area By Land Use Category

For more information about the Open House, the process for adopting the comprehensive Southlake 2035 Plan (including the LUP), or to submit questions or comments, please visit the City’s website, or call the Planning and Development Services Department at (817) 748-8621.

National Community Planning Month Proclamation

Mayor Laura Hill recognized October as Community Planning Month at the October 18th, 2016 City Council meeting.

Change is constant and affects all cities, towns, suburbs, counties, boroughs, townships, rural areas, and other places; and,

Whereas, community planning and plans can help manage this change in a way that provides better choices for how people work and live; and,

Whereas, community planning provides an opportunity for all residents to be meaningfully involved in making choices that determine the future of their community; and,

Whereas, the full benefits of planning requires public officials and citizens who understand, support, and demand excellence in planning and plan implementation; and,

Whereas, the month of October is designated as National Community Planning Month throughout the United States of America and its territories; and,

Whereas, the celebration of National Community Planning Month gives us the opportunity to publicly recognize the participation and dedication of the members of planning commissions and other citizen planners who have contributed their time and expertise to the improvement of the City of Southlake; and,

Whereas, we recognize the many valuable contributions made by professional community and regional planners of the City of Southlake and extend our heartfelt thanks for the continued commitment to public service by these professionals; now,

Therefore, I, Mayor Laura Hill, on behalf of the City Council, do hereby proclaim the month of October 2016 as Community Planning Month in the City of Southlake in conjunction with the celebration of National Community Planning Month.

Watch the Planning and Development department get recognized, as well as the rest of the City Council meeting, here.