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Government Boards & Commissions Planning & Zoning Minutes January 26, 2016
January 26, 2016 PDF Print E-mail

Regular Meeting
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

A regular meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission of the City of Trinidad was held on the 26th day of January 2016 at 6:05 p.m. in the City Hall at 212 Park Street, Trinidad, Texas, at which time the following subjects were discussed to wit:

1. Call to Order: Chairman Kay Hernandez called the meeting to order at 6:06 p.m.

2. Roll Call: Board members present at the meeting were Helen Covey, Billy Ray Hornbuckle, Beth Parker and Kay Hernandez. Mike Airheart and Betty Sanders were absent.

3. Invocation: The invocation was given by Billy Ray Hornbuckle.

Betty Sanders entered the meeting at 6:12 p.m.

4. Visitors/citizen forum: Roy Stanfield discussed the Stroud leases have been bought by Weathers Oil and that he is concerned that the noise from the wells will be a nuisance to those that live around the wells. Weathers Oil placed a pump jack and engine on the well across from his house and he said he could hear the noise from inside his house. He was asking to see if there was anything that could be done for inside the city limits. He asked Mike Howell about the situation and he said there should be a drilling ordinance in place. Tool's ordinance says the well has to be 250 feet away and not over 80 decibels for noise. Mike said he should put a buffer wall around the pump. Billy Ray Hornbuckle said he could hear it at his house too. Chief Simmons says he called Mr. Weathers and he has not returned his call. The City Administrator said this would be a council (ordinance) problem.

5. Discuss and work on Zoning Ordinance: Mike Howell brought a copy of Gun Barrel's zoning ordinance. A copy will be made of Gun Barrel's zoning ordinance and given to all board members. When a person comes in to build a home, they would need to bring in a Platt showing lot lines before building a home. House size should be determined by the lot size. The accessory structure cannot be larger than one-half the size of the house. Building permits should be good for six (6) months. They can request an extension. If a person is remodeling more than 50% of home, they need to come to city hall and obtain a permit. Any commercial building would need to provide an architectural engineered plan. Mike Howell is more of a residential inspector and not a commercial inspector.

6. Discuss and work on Zoning Map: All members looked at the map. Mike Howell talked about a program from ECOG that would work on a digitized map of Trinidad. He said this would be very helpful in zoning issues that might arise and thinks it costs around $3000 per month. Mobile home zoning areas are not on the map.

7. Adjourn: Motion was made by Helen Covey to adjourn. Billy Ray Hornbuckle seconds the motion. Motion carried unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 7:08 p.m.

Signed: Kay Hernandez, Chairman

Attest: Terri Newhouse, City Secretary