New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 13, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas
Page 4A — Herald-Zeitung — Wednesday, June 13, 2001Local/State
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DispatchCouncil removes restrictions in new zoning classification
Someone caused $300 worth of damage to a vehicle window sometime between ll p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday, New Braunfels police reported
The vehicle was parked in the HOO block of Gruene Road.
► Bad check
New Braunfels police are investigating an attempt to pass a bad check at a local department store.
A New Braunfels Police Department spokesman said the incident occurred in the 1000 block of Interstate 35 North at about 6:30 p.m. on Monday.
A sheriff’s deputy arrested a 21-year-old Austin woman on a charge of possession of marijuana after a traffic stop Sunday.
The woman was placed into Comal County Jail, where she posted $5,000 bail Sunday and was released.
A Comal County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said the woman was stopped about 8 p.m. in the 10000 block of Farm-to-Market Road 306.
As the deputy approached her window, he said, he smelled marijuana smoke.
Looking in her ashtray, the deputy saw the butt end of what appeared to be a marijuana cigarette, the detective said.
Deputies reportedly searched the vehicle and „ found marijuana stored in a t plastic bag.
► Vehicle burglary
A stereo was reported stolen between 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday from a vehicle parked in the 1000 block of Interstate 35 North.
The stereo was reported to be worth $240.
► Criminal mischief
Someone broke into a storage building and vandalized bicycle helmets in the IOO block of Rosa Parks Drive between June I and June ll, police said
Damage was estimated at $125, according to a police report.
► Business burglary
Burglars stole more than $950 worth of cash and checks late Sunday or early Monday from a business in the 900 block of North Walnut Avenue.
SOUTHEAST TRINITY GROUNDWATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT — regular meeting, 5:45 p.m. today, Bulverde City Hall, 30070 U.S. 281, Ste. 236, Bulverde.
GUADALUPE-BLANCO RIVER AUTHORITY — regular meeting, 10 a.m. today, Seguin Independent School District,
1221 East Kingsbury Street, Seguin.
COMAL COUNTY COMMISSIONER’S COURT — regular meeting, 8:15 a.m. Thursday, commissioners’ courtroom, third floor, Comal County Courthouse Annex, 150 N. Seguin Ave.
TRANSPORTATION AND TRAFFIC ADVISORY BOARD — regular meeting, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, council chambers, 424 S. Casten Avenue.
HISTORIC LANDMARK COMMISSION — regular meeting, 8:30 a.m. Thursday, municipal building, conference room A.
TREE AND LANDSCAPE BOARD — regular meeting, 6 p.m. Thursday, municipal building, conference room A.
COMAL COUNTY COMMISSIONER’S COURT — special workshop meeting, 10:15 a.m. Saturday, Comal County Landfill, Farm-to-Market Road 1101, New BraunMar
By Amy Clarkson
New Braunfels City Council voted Monday to change the intent of a brand-new zoning classification for businesses in the city.
The planning commission recommended the new “commercial office” classification would allow people to five above their businesses, but only under certain circumstances.
In an amendment recommended by Councilman Robert Kendrick, council removed all the restrictions.
“As I see it, the intent is to let people five where they work, and this just makes it simpler for them to do that,” Kendrick said.
Kendrick’s amendment removed restrictions that the new “commercial office district” could be used only in areas zoned R-3, R-3L or R-3H,
“including executive apartments exclusively for the use of the owner or tenant of the business, located above the office and within the same structure except for those uses allowed in single and two family districts. Said executive apartment may not be rented except as stated above.”
The ordinance, scheduled for a third reading at the June 25 council meeting, now simply reads: “Any use permitted in any residential district.” Planning Director Harry Bennett told the council that the intent was to keep the professional business below where the owner lived but to make sure the bulk of the building was used for business.
'This falls somewhere between residential and commercial classifications,” Bennett said. “The intent was to have an office first and to live in the structure, not the other way
around. They wanted to keep single family homes out of it and separated it on purpose.”
The amendment removes those restrictions, Kendrick said.
“Now people can five where they work,” he said.
Th Kendrick, the restrictions suggested by the Planning Commission were “semantics,” he said.
“I don’t want to argue semantics with you,” he said. “I just want to make it clear for people who want to use this zoning. What if you had a house on a bluff and it made more sense to live below the office and have the office space at street level, but above the living space?”
The new commercial office district zoning restricts the type of business that can use this classification. The businesses allowed include:
* Attorney and legal services;
• Medical, dental or optical offices, health care services, clinics or laboratories, excluding scientific and research and pharmacies provided such activities and facilities are entirely within the same building;
• and others.
Council also approved two other amendments — both dealing with the width of side yards and comer lots. Kendrick suggested that the side yard of not less than 6 feet shall be provided where this district abuts any residential district. The amendment removed restrictions “for a single story building or structure in which there are no openings to the side yard. A minimum IO foot side yard shall be provided for a single story building or structure with openings to the side yard.” Council members also agreed to increase restrictions of the space between houses on corner lots.
The New Braunfels Women’s Chamber of Commerce recently held a “Rising Star celebration at the Texas Clinic, which is owned by Dr. Brett holland and Molly Holland.
The Texas Clinic is located next to K-Mart at 1050 N. Interstate 35-, Suite 100. Dr. Holland handles minor emergencies as well as a large occupationahhealth practice. Texas Clinic has been open for a year and a half.
Girl found in closet
HUTCHINS (AP) —Police say a South Dallas County couple locked an 8-year-old girl in a dark, lice-infested closet for four months, where she lay on a urine-stained blanket and ate bits of bread and water.
The malnourished girl
weighed 25 pounds and was 3 feet tall when she was rescued Monday night. Barbara Catherine Calhoun, 30, and Kenneth Ray Atkinson, 33, were arrested for investigation of injury to a child charges. They were in the Dallas County jail Tuesday.
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Rood wipes away lab animals, research
HOUSTON (AP) — Researchers waited anxiously Tuesday to learn if a few test tubes or petri dishes containing tissue and bacteria samples survived Tropical Storm Allison’s deluge at the Texas Medical Center which left up to 35,000 laboratory animals dead.
“Everyone is just so upset,” Dr. Christopher Smith, head veterinarian with the University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center, said as city crews pumped water out of the school’s basement labs on Tuesday. “At about 2 a.m. Saturday we got reports that water was coming in the basement. By 2:30 a.m., the basement was filled.”
About 4,700 animals and countless tissue and chemical samples drowned in the flooding caused by Allison’s relentless rain.
Next door, the Baylor College of Medicine lost more than 30,000 laboratory mice, some of which had been spe-
AG: Ratliff may help draw district boundaries
dally bred over a period of years to meet sdentific needs. UT’s labs had mostly mice and a few dogs, monkeys, fer
rets and rabbits.
The genetically specialized mice are worth thousands of dollars, officials said.
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AUSTIN (AP) — Acting Lt. Gov. Bill Ratliff may serve on the Legislative Redistricting Board, which is drawing new Texas House and Senate district boundaries, according to a Texas attorney general opinion released Tuesday.
Ratliff, a Republican senator from Mount Pleasant, had requested the opinion, saying questions had arisen about his authority to sit on the redistricting board because of the way he was chosen to fill the job of lieutenant governor.
Fellow senators elected him in December to succeed Rick Perry, who ascended to governor after George W. Bush resigned after he was elected "president.
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