By NICOLE JONES
Manvel City Council approved revisions to its subdivision requirements and design criteria at its Aug. 5 meeting.
Revisions to the subdivision rules include streamlining in some areas.
“We’ve looked at some of the areas in which additional meetings or requirements have been included,” City Manager Kyle explained. “There is streamlining included for development plat, and authorization of P&Z to be the authority that approves plats. The city council deals with master plans for any development 50 acres or larger.”
Additional changes will be needed after Sept. 1, he added, when state law comes into play.
The second and final reading was unanimously approved.
The city’s design criteria manual was first adopted by the city in 2008. Usually updated annually, the revisions this year included 18 items.
“These are not groundbreaking or new changes in the requirements,” Jung explained to council.
The revisions disallow septic system grinder pumps, change the recommended type of fire hydrant and other adjustments.
“It doesn’t impact any current development — it’s all going forward,” Jung said.
At the same meeting, council also agreed to create a trails task force advisory committee, a three-member group. Members will be appointed at the next council meeting.
“We want to be almost famous for our trails and connectivity between our subdivisions,” Mayor Debra Davison said.
In a workshop before the meeting, the city’s Finance Director Chris Thompson presented the Council with a proposed new fiscal year budget. Thompson recently joined the Manvel city staff from Angleton, where he most recently served as assistant city finance director.
City Council will meet on Monday, Aug. 19, at City Hall, 20025 Hwy.6, Manvel. Workshops begin at 6 p.m. and council meeting begins at 7 p.m.