Drawing the most attention at the Anna City Council meeting that took place Feb. 14 was the discussion regarding the establishment of a Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee. The proposed resolution was a citizen committee that would provide input and serve in an advisory capacity to the planning department staff throughout the process of updating the existing comprehensive plan.
The main element of the proposal that was challenged by Anna residents was the 13-member committee. The proposed composition of this group would include six members appointed by the mayor to include: one member of city council, two members of the Planning and Zoning board, one member of the Anna Community Development Corporation board of directors, one staff member of Anna Independent School District to be recommended by the district superintendent, and one member of Anna Parks Advisory Board. In addition, each member of city council, other than the mayor, would appoint one person who is a qualified voter in the city.
“We are encouraged and thankful for the Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee,” Anna resident Jim Lushcomb said during the meeting. “What I would like the council to look at is the membership in the committee. There is no representation for folks in the ETJ (Extra Territorial Jurisdiction) of Anna. Residents of the ETJ are going to be impacted by the Comprehensive Plan. We think in fairness that if we are going to have a Comprehensive Plan that impacts the ETJ, that there should be some representation.”
Lushcomb proposed that the council add two additional members to the Committee, a resident and property owner from the ETJ, and someone that may not live in the ETJ but does own property in the ETJ.
Due to the stipulation that members of the committee be a qualified Anna voter, under the original guidelines for the committee this would exclude members of the Extra Territorial Jurisdiction of Anna.
Another attendee of the meeting voiced her desire to be part of the committee, as well.
“I’d like to know how I can be a part of that committee,” Christine Lewis said. “I’d be willing to share my time and learn so that I can provide my citizen input. I’d like to be a part of it.”
In the end, the establishment of the Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee was approved with an amendment to add two additional named but non-voting members from the ETJ at the recommendation of the council.
“Every five years, at a minimum, we have a Comprehensive Plan update,” Director of Planning and Development Maurice Schwanke said. “The last one was in 2010 so we are due. It is an advisory committee that will be meeting at least once a month to go over the plans for the city and changes that may need to be made from the existing one. Changes could include things like where thoroughfares are located, future land uses, new technology, things of that nature.”
Another issue that came under some debate during the meeting was the Facilities Use Agreement between the City of Anna and the Anna Sports Group for 2017. The Anna Sports Group is a non-profit organization that provides fundamental sports programs for ages 5 to 18 years.
Although the 2017 agreement is identical to the 2016 agreement, council member Kenneth Pelham voiced concerns over scheduling. It was requested that Anna Sports Group be given priority for scheduling the city fields on Monday through Friday from 5 p.m.-9:30 p.m. and on the weekend from 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Worried that this would prevent other Anna residents from gaining access to the fields, the council moved to table the item until the issue can be discussed further and the agreement amended.
The council approved the agreement between the Anna Community Development Corporation and the Anna Economic Development Corporation with Funderburgh Real Estate for project management and real estate representation for the Anna Business Park property. The AEDC and ACDC jointly purchased an 85-acre tract of land at the northeast corner of State Highway 5 and the Collin County Outer Loop. Funderburgh Real Estate will continue to act as the corporation’s real estate representation.
Also approved, was the authorization of the Anna Economic Development Corporation to expend funds for Engineering Services related to the design and construction of a waterline on the Anna Business Park Property.
A Subdivision Improvement Agreement was approved allowing LGI Homes-Texas LLC to construct a new water line along CR 1106 that will provide a second connection for Northpointe Crossing with the city’s water distribution system.
In addition, a public hearing was scheduled for the amendment of the City’s Capital Improvements Plan, Land Use Assumptions and Impact Fees. The hearing will be held on March 28th at 7pm.