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editor@localnewsonly.com Nelson is a 30-year plua eesident of Colleyville. He has located his privately owned businesses in Colleyville for more than 20 years. Nelson is the 2018 Empower Texans Recipient of the North Texas Conservative Leadership Award. Nelson is the founder of LNO in 2000. He served as councilman and Mayor Pro Tem of Colleyville until June 2000. Thereafter he started LNO because there was no adequate newspaper coverage. Nelson has previously worked in both radio and television during his career.

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  1. 1

    Kathy Hadley

    THANK YOU LNO for this insightful information! Colleyville politics are UGLY now that we’re running out of land to develop! In my opinion several on the Colleyville City Council are letting the the dollar sign $$$$ be a higher priority than the Colleyville residents’ concerns ,tax payers’ concerns, AND the honoring The Master Plan! Following the Master Plan in the past has enabled Colleyville to become the GREAT city it is today! We have to hold the Mayor, the City Manager, P.&Z., certain council members ACCOUNTABLE!!!!!!

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    David Medlin

    LNO- thank you for covering this important story including all the angles. I attend most of these meetings including the precouncil meetings and you are telling it like it is. I thank all the citizens who came and expressed their concerns.

    If anyone is more interested in the fabrication of the safety issue they should go to the precouncil meeting on video from the March 3, 2105 meeting. You can see the whole strategy unfold.

    http://colleyvilletx.swagit.com/play/03032015-735

    I call it the play. At about 5:15 into the video you will see Councilman Mogged starts the “safety angle”. Notice they waited until Councilman Putnam was out of town. I call it the play since the entire thing looks rerearsed. Several of them had their lines. If your readers have time they should watch the rest of it.

    As a side note, I had a meeting with Councilman Mogged prior to this because I was interested in the facts. i appreciated him spending the time showing me the satatistics. They didn’t add up to a safety issue. Then he showed the stats with the intersections included. So if the accident happened on 26 but at the glade road intersection it was added to help the “safety angle”. Even I was surprised they rolled with those stats as they launched their entire campaign strategy that night.

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    Paul Tolstyga

    The March 3rd 2015 meeting was quite comical indeed, and there certainly was no leadership skills shown, in my humble opinion. Chris is a man of integrity and it shows. There is no doubt he is trying very hard to move council and staff in the right direction, perhaps that is all they need, is good leadership. Go Chris !

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    Kathleen Hennessey

    The current planning proposal has a number of weird items, which do tend to corroborate LMO’s position:

    1. All agricultural land would be zoned residential
    2. Flood drainage swales would be zoned “parks and open space”
    3. At least one one-acre cemetery (the Witten Family Cemetery on Jackson Court) would be zoned residential.

    This is an apparent use of the “numbers game” to increase the amount of development land in Colleyville. In fact, there is almost none and what there is should be used or leveraged to provide the very necessary and nonexistent parks and green space.

    Looks like the City is trying to offload a good portion of the cost of providing and maintaining roads, sidewalks, sewers, utilities, parks, and other amenities onto developers who are salivating at Colleyville’s high property prices. In doing this, they may be at risk of selling out the very features that make Colleyville attractive.

    There is still a lot to do here; we need:
    – a recreation center
    – resolution of the storm drainage and flooding problems in many parts of the city
    – local parks and playgrounds within easy walking distance of homes
    – extensive rehab of water and sewer systems in older neighborhoods
    – to bury electrical and communications cables to avoid the need to amputate trees
    – street lighting throughout the city consistent with Code (every 300 ft)

    Having done data analysis for various planning projects since 1955, I am not impressed with the lack of professionally obtained and analyzed data that one expects to see in a document of this nature.

    There was no public hearing or outreach of which my neighbors and I were aware , nor to which my neighbors and I were invited.

    Recommendations:

    1: Abandon efforts to get the current plan adopted, but do publish the results of the Halff and Halff study and recommendations. They can provide the basis for genuine community. input
    2. Instead of relying on “intercept”, “word clouds”, “charettes” , and “key stakeholders”, go back to basics and get the expensive, time-consuming widespread citizen input that is necessary to merit citizen support
    3. Remove 100-year flood plains and drainage swales from “Parks and open space” and place them in a separate category “floodplain and drainage” which of course should not be included in the calculation of residential land either. Show these changes in a revised FLUM.
    4. Provide the missing drainage map referred to as ‘Map 7.2″ in the plan document .
    5. Make street lighting and walkability significant priorities in any planning effort.
    6. Abandon map 8.1; replace it with additional classes of land use such as drainage which should be excluded from residential or open space land. Private access land, especially gated community parkland, should not be included in the “open space” category.

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