Staff report

An ordinance proposing a name change for Gainesville’s Weber Drive is set to get a public hearing during Tuesday’s regular city council meeting.

The change to “Zodiac Drive” is in accordance with the Gainesville seating company’s recent name alteration to “Zodiac Aerospace,” titled after the factory’s parent corporation. In November 1992, Weber Aircraft Inc. became a subsidiary of Zodiac Aerospace — a French based company whose roots in the aerospace industry were originally developed beginning in 1896. Weber Drive, as it is currently known, is located from U. S. Highway 82 to Colorado Drive.

The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at Gainesville’s municipal court building, 200 S. Rusk St.

Also on Tuesday’s agenda:

• Representatives of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Cooke County Arts Council and the Noah’s Ark animal shelter are scheduled to make special presentations.

• Council will consider a resolution authorizing City Manager Barry Sullivan to enter into a contract with Cooke County Appraisal District — providing for the assessment and collection of taxes and related fees.

• Council will consider a revision of the Leonard Park Pool fee schedule for City of Gainesville for fiscal year 2012-2013.

• Council will conduct a second reading on a proposed ordinance providing amendments to the zoning code. The first reading was approved during the most recent city council meeting. Current proposed changes include clarification of masonry requirements to cover 80 percent of each side of the first floor of all residential structures excluding doors and windows; minimum living area requirements for apartments in multifamily residential districts of 650 square feet for a one-bedroom unit, 925 square feet for a two-bedroom unit and 1,100 square feet for a three-bedroom unit with an additional 100 square feet for each bedroom over three. Council added the limitation that one-bedroom apartments may comprise a maximum of 50 percent of the unit total. Accessory buildings or structures constructed or placed within the “MF-2” high-density multifamily residential districts must mimic the architectural style of the principle structure including rooflines, pitch, construction materials and colors.  For developments with garages for 25 percent of the units, accessory carports may be constructed of metal, including the awning. Sno-cone stands will be allowed in the “CA” central area district and the “C1” restricted commercial district from April 1 through September 30.  Definition of a sno-cone stand is to be added for second reading of the ordinance. Mobile vending units are allowed to conduct business only in the “C3” outdoor commercial district, and must meet provisions for allowable signage and restriction that only one vendor may occupy a single or group of lots under common ownership. Regarding fencing material, aluminum and metal solid panel fencing allowed only in the industrial zoning districts. Fences that are not required as screening under the provisions of the ordinance are to be constructed of a) permanent, solid masonry material; b) treated or decay-resistant wood fencing material; c) vinyl fencing material.  Decorative rail aluminum or wrought iron required in the heritage preservation overly district only.

• Council will consider the purchase of a 107-foot Ferrara foot ladder truck for Gainesville Fire Department.

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