Controversial Self-Storage Project Rejected in Keller, Texas

Update 1/28/16 – A revised plan submitted by land-use consulting firm Masterplan Consultants for a proposed self-storage facility at the southeast corner of Davis Boulevard and Bear Creek Parkway was rejected this week by the Keller City Council. After the council rejected the project in October, the company reduced the height of the facility from three stories to two and dropped capacity to 72,000 square feet, but still couldn’t gain favor with council members, according to the source.

Update 1/28/16 – A revised plan submitted by land-use consulting firm Masterplan Consultants for a proposed self-storage facility at the southeast corner of Davis Boulevard and Bear Creek Parkway was rejected this week by the Keller City Council. After the council rejected the project in October, the company reduced the height of the facility from three stories to two and dropped capacity to 72,000 square feet, but still couldn’t gain favor with council members, according to the source.

Although the planning and zoning commission recently approved recommendation of the revision with certain conditions by a 6-1 vote, a city staff presentation indicated the storage building would have a “negative impact on the character” of the area, the source reported.

Council members reiterated residential opposition to the project and argued a self-storage facility wasn’t suitable on a lot the city considers a primary entry point to the east side of town, according to the source. The applicant had requested the agenda item be tabled to give the developer more time to revise its design, but the council voted against the project 4-2.

The city’s Future Land Use Plan designates the property for retail use. The property is owned by Terra Creekview, which is the developer of the adjacent neighborhood, according to the source.


11/2/15 – The Keller, Texas, City Council rejected a self-storage project last week after hearing plenty of opposition from local residents. The proposed three-story facility at the intersection of Bear Creek Parkway and Davis Boulevard would have comprised 92,000 square feet. The project site was about 550 feet north of an existing self-storage business and backed up to a planned neighborhood development. The council rejected the special-use permit with a 4-3 vote, according to the source.

Although some residents spoke in favor of the project, noting the business would have a quality design and minimal traffic, others strongly opposed it. “It doesn’t fit,” resident Jackie Black said during the public hearing. “This doesn’t have a country feel. This a mammoth building that’s an anomaly to its area.”

“I strongly oppose this development,” added David Moreland, who’s involved with the neighboring residential development. “We depend on you as city council members to protect us from developers from Dallas from coming over here and putting a three-story monstrosity right in the entrance to my development.”

Although the planning and zoning commission had recommended approval of the project with a 3-2 vote, city manager Mark Hafner described support from staff as “neutral.”

Some council members said they preferred a business that would generate more sales-tax revenue and were concerned about the project’s proximity to the existing self-storage facility. “I have heard very high numbers of citizens opposing this project,” said council member Tom Cawthra. “The citizens opposing this are still too strong to allow this to pass.” While Cawthra liked the plans for the facility, he believed “it’s just in the wrong place,” he said.

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