HORSESHOE BAY — A development re-zoning request has at least one councilman raising concerns about potential high-rise buildings in the city.
The City Council June 19 on a 3-0 vote with one abstention approved re-zoning a 1,500-acre development known as Summit Rock, formerly Skywater Over Horseshoe Bay, for growth that could include multi-level buildings.
“That’s a problem,” said Councilman Dick Rantzow, who abstained from the vote.
He cautioned his colleagues about the potential for multi-story buildings dotting the landscape in an area zoned commercial, or C-3, which now applies to Summit Rock.
The council still has the final say-so on construction of the buildings.
“They (developers) would still need to come to you (the city) with a master plan,” said Ron Mitchell, vice chairman of Horseshoe Bay Resort, who presented a three-phase development plan to the council.
“This document is not set in stone. It should be expected to be modified,” said Mayor Bob Lambert.
The property, located primarily within a tract on FM 2147 near the Texas 71 intersection, was purchased by resort officials in 2011 after at least two development attempts by private investors failed. Developers first unveiled plans for an upscale subdivision and golf course in 2007.
The highest buildings currently in the bedroom community include the seven-story Horseshoe Bay Resort Marriott hotel and five, six-story condominium “towers,'”known as The Waters of Horseshoe Bay.
“That’s why we’re a city. We don’t want high-rises in the city,” said Rantzow, referring to the community’s incorporation in 2008 as The Waters were under construction.
The residential and commercial zoning designations for Summit Rock allow for projects such as gated villas and multi-acre single-family homesteads as well as medical and assisted-living type facilities, Mitchell said.
“This version is a solid, well-thought out development plan,” Mitchell said. “Diversity was the answer … to visit a variety of need and profiles.”
He added: “It will give us a much greater opportunity to be successful in Horseshoe Bay.”
According to the new ordinance, the C-3 zoning designation in Summit Rock states that a “hospital building shall be limited to 160-feet above the highest natural grade under the slab.”
A 160-foot building measurement could translate into a request for a potential medical tower as high as a dozen stories. Such requests would go before the community’s architectural committee and the council, according to the ordinance.
In other business, the council:
• Proclaimed June 15 Glenn French Day to commemorate the retirement of the assistant police chief, who joined the Horseshoe Bay Police Department in 1999. Officials promoted retired Texas Ranger Rocky Wardlow, who has been with the agency since November 2010, as French’s replacement.
• Approved no more than $28,000 for the purchase and installation of police and fire communications equipment atop the Horseshoe Bay West elevated storage tank.
• Approved the allocation of $7,800 of a $20,000 grant for a Police Department security golf cart to be used on marina property; police officials have used the grant money to also purchase police boat security equipment and a police boat trailer.