5 things to watch at Thursday’s city council meeting

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

The College Station City Council meets Thursday after 6 p.m. at city hall. The meeting is streamed live on Suddenlink Channel 19 and at cstx.gov/cstv19.

To join online, go to Zoom or call 888 475 4499 and enter webinar number 967 2839 3278. If the call-in number isn’t working, access is limited to Zoom.

To address the council about any item on the workshop or regular agenda, register with the city secretary by 4 p.m. or call 979-764-3500 and provide your name and phone number. Written comments will be provided to the council members.

Here are five items to watch:

1. Economic Development Update

The council will receive an update on the city’s Economic Development Master Plan, industry and retail recruitment, business retention and expansion, redevelopment efforts, and key economic indicators.

2. Short-Term Rental Housing

The council will discuss an update to the regulation of short-term rental housing, including enforcement and collection of the hotel occupancy tax.

3. Texas Independence Ballpark Phase 1

The council will consider a $16.6 million contract with Vaughn Construction for Phase 1 of the Texas Independence Ballpark project. The project’s second phase is part of next month’s bond election. Phase 1 includes four baseball fields, parking, lighting, batting cages, concession and restroom space, seating, landscaping, and supporting infrastructure.

4. Richards Street Rezoning

After a public hearing, the council will consider a request to change the land use and zoning for .356 acres at 217 Richards Street. The applicant intends to replat the property into three residential lots.

5. Shared Housing Use

The council will consider creating a new use called Shared Housing, also known as Stealth Dorms or Ag Shacks, which typically allow more than four unrelated residents. The structures are categorized as single-family and have been allowed to develop as single-family in residential neighborhoods.

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About the Blogger

Colin Killian has been with the City of College Station since 2010 after serving 23 years as the associate media relations director for the Texas A&M Athletics Department. He has also worked as a reporter and editor for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and Lewisville News. A native of Hobbs, N.M., Colin graduated from Texas Tech with a bachelor’s degree in journalism/political science.

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