Waco's City Council held its first public hearing yesterday evening regarding The Cloister at Cameron Park. Council members went into the meeting with an approval recommendation from city staff and a unanimous approval recommendation from the city's Plan Commission. Following a project overview and conversation with owner Michele Henry and civil engineer Clint Lannen, council members voted unanimously in favor of the Planned Unit Development (PUD) zoning establishing Waco's newest pocket neighborhood.
As reported in the Waco Tribune-Herald:
. . . the council approved special zoning for the Cloister at Cameron Park, an 11-lot “pocket neighborhood” planned for the edge of the park on Adeline Drive. The council granted a “planned unit development” zoning that allows waivers from standard lot sizes and setbacks.
Co-owner Michele Henry told the council the project will set a standard in Waco for environmentally sensitive design. Much of the land will be preserved for walking trails and open space, and rainwater runoff will be minimized through cisterns and ribbon curbs. In addition, homes will get incentives for having solar panels.
Councilman Kyle Deaver warmly affirmed the concept plan, saying "I appreciate what you all are doing here" and describing The Cloister at Cameron Park as "a nice development."
Next in line--a public hearing of the final PUD proposal by Waco's Plan Commission, scheduled for January 27. City Council will hear the final PUD proposal on February 17. With approvals at those meetings, The Cloister at Cameron Park will be ready for construction.