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Development & Engineering Services Newsletter December 16, 2013 City of Bryan 300 South Texas Avenue Bryan, Texas 77803

December 16, 2013 Volume 2, Issue 2

Development Services: City of Bryan awarded for revitalized downtown district The Texas Society of Architects has awarded the City of Bryan, Texas with the Citation of Honor for the city's creation of a safe, beautiful and sustainable environment in downtown Bryan. The Texas Society of Architects conducts an annual Honor Awards Program to recognize its exceptional members, firms, individuals and organizations for their outstanding achievements in support of the profession of architecture, the built environment and the quality of life in Texas. The Brazos Chapter of the American Institute of Architects nominated the City of Bryan for the Citation of Honor. AIA Brazos President Steven G. Schloss made the official nomination, prepared by Eva Read-Warden, Principle of Arkitex Studio in Bryan. "Led by principled, courageous citizens serving as volunteers and Councilmembers, the City's continuing and committed work in maintaining the historic fabric of this incentivizing owners of historic properties quintessential Texas city has resulted in a in the district to renovate. remarkable renaissance," said Schloss. Throughout the past decade, 24 million Randall Haynes, Senior Planner for the City dollars in public funds and grants have been of Bryan, credits past and present city invested in the historic downtown district. councilmembers, volunteers and business The investment has resulted in a forty owners for the rebirth of the downtown percent tax growth, and has doubled the district. taxable value for the area in the last five years. "With this award, we hope to recognize the political courage of our elected officials who, City of Bryan Deputy City Manager Joey during a critical time in Bryan's history, Dunn was part of the team that began work voted to use public funds to support on the master plan's initiatives in 2001. The downtown," said Haynes. "They chose to use now rejuvenated downtown is not an public resources wisely and not excessively. accident, said Dunn, but instead a result of They had faith in downtown Bryan." significant, community-wide effort. "The master plan was strong enough to In 2001, the Bryan City Council adopted the endure change in city leadership," said Dunn. Downtown Bryan Master Plan, investing an "It was a vision for downtown Bryan initial 17 million dollars in transforming through extensive public input. Future city hollow buildings and dilapidated sidewalks councils continued to support investment in into opportunities for growth and business. that area, creating a healthy environment for The plan included intersection and gateway local business to flourish." enhancements, streetscape improvements and parking and transit initiatives. The city A diversity of entertainment, food, art and also launched a faรงade grant program, shopping now fill the spaces where empty

buildings and crumbling sidewalks used to be. Loft-style apartments, pedestrian-scaled streetlights and furniture give the historic district a new, urban feel. A significant fiber optic infrastructure has attracted high-tech businesses with entrepreneurs and professionals who enjoy working in a unique urban environment. "We've also seen an emergence of arts and culture. Bryan has a new, creative class that gives the district an artist's flavor," said Dunn. Former City of Bryan Councilmember Ben Hardeman, who now chairs the Downtown Bryan Association Board, accepted the Citation of Honor on behalf of the City of Bryan at on November 9th, 2013 the Texas Society of Architects Annual Convention in Fort Worth, Texas. All honorees will be recognized during the Bryan City Council meeting on January 14th, 2014. If you have any questions about the AIA Award, please contact Randy Haynes at rhaynes@bryantx.gov or call 979-209-5030.


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Engineering: TxDOT Driveway Permits, Utility Permits and Donation Agreements—Oh My! There are many roadways within the City of Bryan that are TxDOT roadways and any development along those roadways involving utility construction or driveway installation/modification requires a permit from TxDOT. Sometimes all of this can be a bit confusing, so we thought this article might help shed some light on the processes. The starting point for this process is the City of Bryan Engineering Division not TXDOT. TXDOT expects the driveway permits and utility permits to be submitted from the City of Bryan on behalf of the developer. Usually these requirements can be identified and discussed at predevelopment meetings or worse case site review comments. TXDOT has 2 local offices, the District office and the Area office. When you submit a site development review item, the TXDOT District office will review the item and

make comments regarding any driveways, deceleration lanes, etc. that may be needed. At such point that all comments are addressed through the site development review process, a permit can be completed and submitted to the City of Bryan for processing. Driveway permits are still a paper based application and process whereas the utility permits are submitted online through TXDOT’s website (still submitted by the City of Bryan as only certain entities are registered users). We then send the permit to TXDOT Area Office where it is processed for approval. The City of Bryan usually receives these permits back with any special conditions and will pass them along to the development applicant. If a deceleration lane is needed or if modifications to anything within the existing TXDOT facility (example median cuts) a Donation Agreement will be needed. The requirement for these will be noted in the

Site Review comments from the TXDOT District Office and the developer will want to coordinate directly with TXDOT on preparation of the needed information to accompany such Donation Agreement. These agreements have to go to Austin for consideration, so if this requirement is noted, please start early to avoid any delays to your project. Links to the permit application process can be found on the Engineering Services web page at http://www.bryantx.gov/ departments/?name=permit_txdot. If you have further questions on any of these processes, please contact Paul Kaspar at 979-209-5030 or at pkaspar@bryantx.gov.

Building: Site Drainage Now that it is raining again, the importance of site drainage and grading has surfaced. Poor site drainage around foundations causes millions of dollars in damages ever year across the country. Water is the major enemy of any foundation system and the structure itself. Water draining towards a structure or left to stand near, next to or under a foundation will cause the foundation to move or fail, and possibly flood the interior of the structure. The 2009 International Residential Code requires a residential structure to be elevated above the street gutter at a point of discharge, or the inlet of an approved

drainage device a minimum of twelve inches plus two percent. Another recommendation to prevent flooding of a structure is to make sure that the finished floor of the residential structure is 6” higher than the street curb or crown of the street, whichever is higher. The ground around a structure should always be graded to take water away from the structure and not let it stand or flow towards or under a structure. The 2009 International Residential Code requires that the grade around a structure to fall a minimum of 6” within the first ten feet from a structure. If the grade around the structure is per code, foundations supporting masonry veneer exterior walls should have a minimum of 4” from top of grade to the finished floor and for foundations supporting exterior walls with siding or stucco should allow 6” minimum clearance from grade to where siding/ exterior finish starts. Some of the requirements above are sometimes difficult due to today’s smaller lots with larger structures. Another difficult goal is trying to prevent altering the

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drainage flow from one property to any surrounding properties. The State of Texas Water Code states (in summary) that a person cannot divert or impound the natural flow of surface waters from one property to the next in or in a manner that causes damages by the overflow of the waters diverted or impounded. All development projects should include a well-designed and thorough drainage plan. For more information or questions on the above information please contact Development Services at 979-209-5030.


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Development Services: Coulter Airfield Business Plan

A new business plan is being developed for Bryan’s Coulter Airfield. City staff was able to secure a 90/10 matching grant from TxDOT Aviation for the $100,000 project, with Bryan being responsible for $10,000 of the total cost, to hire R.A. Wiedemann & Associates, Inc. of Georgetown, Kentucky, who specialize in aviation planning, strategic airport business planning, aviation -specific marketing, and economic impact analysis. The purpose of the business plan is to develop planning objectives, capacity and performance requirements, budget constraints, and to develop standards for which to operate the airport. The plan will

identify new aviation demand markets, support facilities, public-private investment opportunities, improved airport financial and economic performance, and a better understanding of the mission and value of Coulter Airfield. It will outline a number of steps for achieving goals including budgeting, staffing, capital improvements, as well as setting rates and charges to the local economy. Staff, along with TxDOT Aviation, will use the business plan as a tool to identify best practices, additional revenue opportunities, smart use of assets, and finding the niche for the airport.

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The consultants will hold several more on-site meetings in the January/February 2014 timeframe with exact dates to be determined soon. The next meeting will be for the baseline financial outlook, budget pro-formas, video production, and website enhancement. If you have any questions about Coulter Airfield or the business plan, you may contact Airport Manager James Brown at brownj@bryantx.gov or 979-209-5233.

The initial kick-off meeting for the project, a SWOT analysis meeting, was held on December 9, 2013 at Coulter Airfield. Over the next six to eight months, the consultants will research and complete the following: · identify issues, collect data, go through SWOT process; · perform surveys of tenants and businesses; · perform a market analysis; · prepare a financial outlook; and

Planning: World Town Planning Day The City of Bryan Planning staff celebrated World Town Planning Day on November 4, 2013 in a way that educated children in the community about city planning. World Town Planning Day is a day celebrated in 30 countries on four continents to recognize and promote the role that planning has in creating livable communities. This year, in conjunction with this celebration, staff from the Planning Department visited with Mrs. Karen Smitka’s 2nd grade class at Fannin Elementary to explain the importance of city planning and how it affects their community. As part of the visit, the students, with assistance from Planning staff, conducted a “Box City” exercise where the students built and decorated various cardboard boxes, ranging in size from macaroni-and-cheese boxes to

cereal boxes, which represented different buildings and typical city services . After a discussion regarding the different uses and amenities the students would like to have in their city, the students created a rough sketch of their city on large sheets of paper. Once plans were “approved” by city staff, students then decorated, labeled, and placed their box buildings around a grid map in locations they thought were best suited for each use. Staff helped to answer planning related questions and provided guidance along the way so that the students ended up with a box city that was both functional and pleasant. If you have any questions about World Town Planning Day, please contact Matthew Hilgemeier at mhilgemeier@bryantx.gov or call 979-209-5030.

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City Holiday—Office closed City Council Meeting—Council Chambers, 300 S. Texas Avenue Planning and Zoning Commission Meetings Historic Landmark Commission Meetings Zoning Board of Adjustment Meetings Building and Standards Commission Every Tuesday

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Site Development Review Committee (due Wednesday by noon)

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Below is the building report spreadsheet which contains building permit information for all projects permitted through the City of Bryan. The first row is a month-by-month comparison based on the current year and the past year. The next row is a year-to-date total of all permits and their project value. These values are also available online at www.bryantx.gov under the Building Services department. If you have any questions, please call the Building Services Department at 979-209-5010.

City of Bryan OCTOBER 2013 Permit Type

OCTOBER 2012 Total

Residential-Single Family

Value

Permit Type

14

$1,713,433.00

Residential - New 2 Unit Bldgs

0

$0.00

Residential - New 3-4 Unit Bldgs

2

$432,766.00

Residential - New 5+ Unit Bldgs

8

$6,996,735.00

Residential - Add/Alter/Reno

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Manufactured Homes

Value

12

$1,697,194.00

Residential - New 2 Unit Bldgs

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$900.00

Residential - New 3-4 Unit Bldgs

0

$0.00

Residential - New 5+ Unit Bldgs

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$399,905.94

$280,302.00

Residential - Add/Alter/Reno

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$209,964.86

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$388,794.00

Manufactured Homes

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$25,500.00

Demolition

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$0.00

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$0.00

Commercial - New Construction

9

$18,079,510.00

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$1,829,000.00

Commercial - Add/Alter/Reno

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$966,516.00

11

$1,522,688.00

Swimming Pools

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$97,533.00

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$49,200.00

Signs

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$0.00

17

$0.00

138

$28,955,589.00

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$5,734,352.80

TOTALS

JANUARY-OCTOBER 2013 Permit Type Residential-Single Family

Residential-Single Family

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Demolition Commercial - New Construction Commercial - Add/Alter/Reno Swimming Pools Signs TOTALS

JANUARY-OCTOBER 2012

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Permit Type

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$31,069,633.00

Residential - New 2 Unit Bldgs

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$320,000.00

Residential - New 3-4 Unit Bldgs

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$432,766.00

Residential - New 5+ Unit Bldgs

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Value

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$27,769,253.00

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$310,308.00

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$0.00

$9,737,535.00

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$3,315,185.94

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$4,177,769.65

Residential - Add/Alter/Reno

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$4,338,361.34

Manufactured Homes

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$2,254,173.00

Manufactured Homes

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$851,640.00

Demolition

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$0.00

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$0.00

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$46,067,315.00

Commercial - New Construction

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$56,622,916.00

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$14,239,563.20

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$8,617,424.78

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$971,689.00

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$719,700.00

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$0.00

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$0.00

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$109,270,443.85

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$102,544,789.06

Residential - Add/Alter/Reno

Commercial - Add/Alter/Reno Swimming Pools Signs TOTALS

Residential-Single Family

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Swimming Pools Signs TOTALS


Engineering and Development: Current Development Projects—September to December 2013 The following is a list of proposed projects and subdivision plats that have been submitted for review by the City of Bryan Site Development Review Committee from March 2013 to June 2013. In some cases the projects have been approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission and/or Bryan City Council. FedEx Ground This is a site plan proposing an approximately 9,300 square foot warehouse expansion to the existing building and an additional 76 parking spaces. This site is located at 2779 N Earl Rudder Freeway. Marino Estates—State Highway 21 East A site plan proposing to construct a truck stop with a 12,000 square foot convenience store at the corner of Marino Road and State Highway 21 East. This site is located at 5934 SH 21 East. Garden Apartments—Highland Park Rezoning and replat requests to construct garden apartments at the corner of College Main Street and Jefferson Street. This rezoning received a recommendation for approval Planning and Zoning Commission and is currently being reviewed by City Council. Watson Lane Townhomes On June 6, 2013 the Bryan Planning and Zoning Commission approved a Conditional Use Permit to allow for the construction of 13 Townhome units and 2-4,000 square foot retail spaces on the lot located at the intersection of South College Avenue and Watson Lane. The site plan for the townhomes and proposed retail space is currently under review. Bryan Original Townsite A site plan to construction an addition to an existing law firm on the corner of Houston and East 26th Streets. In addition to the building expansion, there will be 20 new parking spaces constructed with access from Houston Street. Bryan Industrial Park A site plan to construct Headwaters Industrial site on Phil Gramm Boulevard in the Bryan Industrial Park off of FM 2818. The plan proposes a 12,000 square foot office and warehouse building, 28 parking spaces, and a storage yard for equipment. Keats A conditional use permit to amend a previously issued conditional use permit to allow alcohol sales at 913 East Martin Luther King Jr. Street. This request was approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission. North Garden Acres A replat at 800 East North Avenue, dividing a 0.5261 acre lot into two single-family residential lots. This replat was approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission. Jones Road Interconnect Site A preliminary plan and final plat on approximately 0.50 acres of land off of Jones Road near State Highway 47. The purpose of the final plat was to allow for the construction of a utility interconnect site for Wellborn Water. For more information about current development projects, please call the Planning and Development Department at 979-209-5030.


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