Council approves zoning change request
By Warren Slaughter
Special to the Texan
With every council member in attendance, the Dalhart City Council unanimously approved a zoning change from R-3 Residential to Special Use for the purpose of constructing zero-lot line patio homes in the area of Yucca and Denrock. The land is owned by David and Patsi Lowe. In addition to the patio homes, the Lowes plan to put in a paved street, which will be deeded to the city. They also plan to install ADA approved sidewalks and bury all utilities to improve the aesthetics of the area.
Approxmately 50 percent of the property owners in the area of the zoning change sent letters saying they were opposed to it. They were concerned that the development would increase traffic and detract from the character of the neighborhood. Texas law requires that if at least 20 percent of the property owners in the area of a proposed zoning change object to it, then the zoning changed must be approved by 75 percent of the entire city council.
Bob Wilcoxson spoke in favor of the zoning change. He thought that patio homes looked like the ideal solution for him and his wife, Julie. He also felt that some of the concerns are unfounded.
“It’s going to be little old people like Julie and I that would live in them,” Wilcoxson said.
The council then held the second public hearing on the proposed tax rate of 0.3333 per $100 valuation. City Manager Greg Duggan remarked that this is the same rate the city has had for the past three years. No one from the public spoke about the tax rate and the hearing was closed. Council members then voted to set the tax rate and budget on September 22 at 6:15 p.m.
City Manager Greg Duggan gave council members information about the upcoming Panhandle Regional Planning Commission meeting and the Texas Municipal League meeting. The city manager also said he had some positive news that came from calling attention to vandalism in the city parks. Lynn Thelander of Les Taylor Drilling said they are at kind of a slack time, and said some of his men can help with metal welding to make repairs at the parks.
Fire Marshal Curtis Brown said the council might want to consider establishing occupancy levels for the coliseum and the number of security officers per 100 people.