City of Seguin doing its part to potentially welcome hundreds of new homes; Despite complaints, council approves new zoning change on city's southwest
Posted on 10/23/2017 7:25:00 AM.
(Seguin) -- The Seguin City Council is moving forward with a zoning change that could bring hundreds of new homes to Seguin. Approximately 439 acres located south of FM 725, across from Vogel Elementary School is going from an agricultural ranch zoning to a single family residential zoning designation.

The council on Tuesday seemed eager to approve the change, despite the opposition of many of the rural neighbors in that area. Curt Shane, spoke on behalf of the Atzer family, who live adjacent to the property. He says the family has worked that land since the 1890s, and he feels like staff didn't take into consideration the impact that the proposed development could have on that area. He was critical of staff for recommending the zoning change, even after the Seguin Planning and Zoning Commission recommended that the zoning change request be denied. Shane says that staff didn't use it's own criteria when evaluating this request.
 
"Staff's recommendation is not based on whether the proposed amendment is consistent with the comprehensive plan. It is not based on whether the proposed amendment is compatible with existing and permitting uses of
surrounding properties. It was not based on whether the proposed amendment will have an adverse impact on surrounding properties. It is not based on whether the proposed amendment will result in a logical and orderly
development pattern. It is not based on whether the amendment is merely intended to create an economic benefit. It is not based on whether proposed amendment will impact public health -- all required by section 2.4.4 of the UDC
(Unified Development Code)," said Shane.
 
Mayor Don Keil strongly disagreed with Shane, and defended the work of city staff. He says the staff has behaved in a professional manner, and it carefully reviewed this request. Keil says that he understands some of the concerns raised by the residents in that area, but he says this request represents the growth that's occurring in Seguin.
 
Keil says this land in the early 2000s was expected to be a multi-use development, with a mixture of residential and commercial developments. The project never materialized, but he says a new developer wants to build houses which he says are needed here in Seguin.
 
"I understand your concern that you live on an old piece of property that's been in your family awhile and you don't want development around it, but the city is moving out that way. It is going that way. I don't know where else we can go if we don't go to the outskirts of the city. We can't build on top of the city that we already have. So yea, we have to go out and take this place as a development. It's already in the city limits. It's not being used for any other purpose than to be lived in by citizens of Seguin for the benefit of everyone. Anyway, here again, I respect your opinion, but I do urge council to stay and to make sure that we approve this thing for the benefit of the entire city," said Keil.
 
The council agreed with Mayor Keil's assessment and unanimously approved the zoning change on second reading and final reading. The change in zoning will allow the property owner to proceed with the development process for the
proposed neighborhood.
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