Tonight at the P&Z Meeting there was one item on the agenda…a new Racetrac Convenience Store on 1709. This is the same applicant that was denied in both 2006 and 2007 and they are trying once again with a new tact…a Planned Development rather than a straight zoning change.
During my questioning on the need for another 24 gas pumps along 1709, the applicant responded that with their new station, the natural progression is that the older, smaller stations would eventually go out of business. Their reasoning upset me, they basically wanted me to vote to approve their gas station so they could put existing Keller tax paying citizens and hard-working small business owners out of business. I called them on it.
Sure, it’s a free market and competition is good, but their use is not permitted in Keller with a Retail Zoning. Not only is it not permitted, you aren’t even allowed to apply for a SUP, but somehow found a loop-hole. Not only that, but this applicant has been denied multiple times before. To have as a major part of your presentation that you will put people out of business in this economic climate is just plain wrong.
The video of the meeting isn’t up yet, but I will link to it once it becomes available. I’ve been told my our City Attorney that I’m not allowed to write about my reasoning behind a vote on this blog or even to a City Council Member to help him or her understand my vote but the video will speak for itself, that and the front page story in the Citizen come Wednesday.
The reporter for the paper said that my quotes from the meeting were her favorites, so we’ll wait and see what angle she takes with the story.
I did not grant her an interview lest the City Attorney get upset about me expressing my first amendment rights and infringing on the personal property rights of a applicant.
The Racetrac zoning change was approved by P&Z with a vote of 4-3 and will now go in front of City Council in December.
As regular readers might can read between the lines, I’ve got a little bit of an attitude today, it’s the hat.