COVER: Julie Watkins rallies opponents of the Kyle Travel Center at an organizational meeting Sept. 19 at the Blanco Vista subdivision community pool in San Marcos. The Kyle City Council rejected Cypress-based PGI Investments’ request for a zoning change on Oct. 2. MERCURY PHOTO by BRAD ROLLINS
by BRAD ROLLINS
For a second time in little more than a year, the Kyle City Council on Wednesday rejected zoning changes that would have allowed construction of a major truck stop on Interstate 35 at Yarrington Road.
After the first version of its plan was defeated last August, Cypress-based PGI Investments asked to form a 47.7-acre planned unit development anchored by a truck stop and convenience store but also including entitlements for an apartment complex and nine pad sites for retail or office buildings and one for a hotel. Kyle planning and zoning commissioners voted 5-2 last week to approve PGI’s request over the objections of nearby residents, many of whom are homeowners in nearby Blanco Vista, a master-planned subdivision just across the city limits in San Marcos.
The Kyle council voted 4-3 against PGI’s request to replace existing light retail zoning with a mixed-use planned unit development. Mayor Lucy Johnson was joined by council members Diane Hervol, Samantha LeMense and Ray Bryant in the majority. Council members Becky Selberra, David Wilson and Chad Benninghoff voted in favor of the development.
“It brings me no joy to stop this development because I do see the progress you’ve made,” the mayor said. “I want this piece of property to be developed for the good of Kyle, financially [but] I call into question how prepared this developer is. I know you can succeed in doing better.”
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