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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 7, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Wednesday, December 7, 2005 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 7A Commission approves rezone for Schiltterbahn By Leigh Jones Staff Writer The New Braunfels Planning Commission paved the way for Schlitterbahn to expand its Liberty Avenue parking lots Tuesday. Commissioners unanimously approved the water-park’s zoning change request for 13 residential properties on North Liberty Avenue and Mulberry between Torrey and East Commerce streets to C-4A Resort Commercial District. Although the city’s planning department staff recommended a 45-foot height restriction be added to the zone change, commissioners rejected their recommendation as too restrictive. “The hospital, just two blocks away, is taller than 45 feet," said Commissioner Cheryl Casteel. “I just can’t see restricting these few pieces of property in a sea of unrestricted property.” Planning Director Frank Robbins told commissioners the staff recommendation was based on previous community concerns about a 150-foot-tall ride Schlitterbahn con structed on its western campus. The property did not have a height restriction, leaving neighbors with no recourse to stop the towering, bright blue ride from going up. But Commissioner Jan Kotylo said she did not think the park was interested in expanding its New Braunfels operations. “They have enough going on all over Texas without expanding on this property," she said. “I hope this doesn’t come back to bite us, but they desperately need the park- *    „ ft ing. Schlitterbahn General Manager Darren I fill assured commissioners the company had no intention of using the rezoned property for anything other than parking. Most of the rezoned properties will not be modified in any way by their new commercial status. Only one group — the seven lots between Mulberry, Torrey and North liberty — will look any different after the rezoning. I fill told commissioners the houses on those lots would be demolished to allow the company to create new parking spaces. Only three citizens spoke against the rezoning. Father Eugene Ronan from Our Lady of Perpetual Flelp Church asked commissioners to consider the impact more parking would have on traffic and undesirable behavior in the area. “During the summer, the church pays for portable restrooms to be put up in our parking lots because we’ve had problems with people actually defecating on our property because Schlitter-bahn does not provide restroom facilities on their lots," he said. “But the height restriction is not going to have an impact on the traffic and it won’t stop people from defecating,” Casteel said. Schlitterbahn still must get the zoning request approved by New Braunfels City Council before it becomes final. In other business Tuesday, the Planning Commission: ■ Approved a master plan and final plat for Gruene Leaf Subdivision, eight single-fam ily residential and four commercial lots on 8.865 acres on Gruene Road; ■ Approved a final plat for Oak Run Subdivision, Unit 19, 46 lots on 17.587 acres on Oak Run Parkway; ■ Approved a final plat for Cap Rock Subdivision, Unit I, 75 lots on 22.286 acres at the corner of Saengerhalle Road and Texas 46; ■ Approved a final plat for Tschirhart Ranch Subdivision, Unit 1,79 lots on 42.161 acres on Texas 46; ■ Approved a rezoning request by the Church of the Nazarene for 10.3 acres at 2655 FM 725. The property was zoned as Agriculture/Pre-Development District. Commissioners approved R-2A Single and Two Family District zoning; and ■ Approved a rezoning request by the city of New Braunfels for the recently annexed 252 acres on Texas 46. The city requested the property, which will be known as the Tschirhart Ranch Subdivision, be converted from Agriculture/Pre- Development District to R-1A Single Family District. New Braunfels youths airlifted after auto accident Monday TWo New Braunfels youths were flown to a San Antonio hospital Monday after a rear-end collision on Business 35. New Braunfels police Lt. Mike Rutherford said the pair, an 18-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl, were injured after they were rear-ended by a pickup truck driven by a 16-year-old student. The injuries were not lifethreatening, although their car, a 1987 Buick LeSabre, sustained heavy rear end damage in the accident, which occurred at 3:42 p.m. near the intersection with Gruene Road. The driver of the pickup, who was not named by police, was cited for failure to control his speed, Rutherford said. County emergency plan to be discussed at CL meeting CANYON LAKE — Comal County Emergency Manage-ment Coordinator Carol Edgett will describe the county’s emergency plan and how Canyon Lake Fire/EMS fits into that plan at a Thursday meeting. Edgett will speak at the December meeting of the board of directors of Emergency Service District 2, which is responsible for emergency fire service in the lake region. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Central fire station in Sattler. ESD 2 contracts for service with Canyon Lake Fire/EMS. a - <5^ •    • ^ x . 'sST + \ s/„ V ■> - c “>\ 7 Success Stories t/from Colonial Manor Care Cente SANTA CONTINUED FROM Page 1A Police hoping to find gifts, food for needy famines you might wish to do, take a tag, get the gift now and return it as you leave the store. The tags are on Christmas trees located in the front the New Braunfels Police Department, city hall and in various local stores, including Wal-Mart, Il-E-B, Famous Footwear and Kolil’s, as well as at several large local employers who support the program, Dean said. “You don’t have to wrap the gifts,’’ Dean said. “We want them unwrapped so we can check them off and make sure each gets to the right child.” Each child selected for the program by Communities In Schools will get two toys “Each gives us a list of what they’d like for Christmas, and we try very hard to give them the items they ask for within reason.” — David Dean Chairman, Blue Santa gift drive and two items of clothing, Dean said. “Each gives us a fist of what they’d like for Christmas, and we try very hard to give them the items they ask for within reason,” Dean said. “A lot of kids want bicycles, and we ll have over IOO kids who get them this year.” Cash donations are important, too, Dean said, because the officers and other volunteers will buy gifts the public does not. Any money remaining, he said, would go to provide gift certificates for food. “We’d like to be able to give each fam ily at least $50,” Dean said. “These needy families otherwise would not be able to have a Christmas for their children. This meets a very important need — and is the only way these children will see their wishes met this holiday season.” Chief of Police Russ Johnson said Blue Santa is also valuable to the police department. First, it enables disadvantaged children to meet police officers in a positive, nonthreatening environment where they can learn police are people, too. But Blue Santa also is good for an officer, Johnson said, because it is rewarding work. “They get the satisfaction of knowing they’re helping families, especially children, who don’t have a lot in their fives,” Johnson said. Blue Santa is a nonprofit program. Receipts can be provided for tax puqoos-es if needed, Dean said. 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