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Posted: Monday, July 22, 2019 4:14 pm

The Odessa City Council will meet to consider approval of an incentives plan aimed at bringing additional workforce housing to the city by helping provide infrastructure for developers.

Council members will consider this item and others during their 6 p.m. meeting Tuesday in the fifth floor meeting room of City Hall, 411 W. Eighth St.

The plan is expected to work by providing financial incentives to builders to cover the cost of infrastructure, like water and sewer lines and curbs, in exchange for housing that meets a certain criteria, including the price of the house, requiring it to fall in a range between $130,000 and $225,000.

This plan wouldn’t involve buying lots to build homes on, Odessa Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Director Wes Burnett previously said, but it would be assisting in the cost involved with infrastructure. Buying lots, or constructing houses, would not be allowed under rules given to the funds being used for the incentives. The Odessa Development Corporation had previously set aside $5 million in type A sales tax funds for the project, which can be used for certain infrastructure improvement projects.

These incentives would be given to developers following the appraisal of the built house and a certificate of occupancy issued, Burnett previously said. Once the item is approved by council members, Burnett said they will begin opening applications to start the process.

Council members will also consider approving a resolution to submit applications to the Texas Department of Transportation for the Statewide 2019 Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside and Safe Routes to School Project Call, the agenda shows. This would commit the City to providing funds for any awarded project, which Traffic Operations Manager Hal Feldman said would be aimed at building some additional bike lanes and sidewalks in the city.

The first bike lane project would reach from Golder Avenue and Seventh Street to Allred Avenue, going up to Crescent Avenue and Seventh Street. The second bike lane proposed would pick up from there, heading east from Crescent Avenue and 11th Street and travel northeast, ending at UTPB Circle.

“ We’re trying to find a route to connect downtown and UTPB and the majority of Seventh [Street] seems like the most realistic way to get bike traffic downtown,” Feldman said.

Two other projects would build new sidewalks on Electric Street between Lindy and Carver avenues, where a bus stop is, and one more on Faudree Road near Santa Fe Drive and East Ridge Road.

The estimated total cost of all of these projects is $1,587,900. Due to the grants being applied for, if received, there would be a 100 percent reimbursement of the cost for three of these projects falling under the Safe Routes to School Project Call, and the Faudree sidewalk project would be 80 percent reimbursable as part of the TASA program.

IN OTHER BUSINESS, THE COUNCIL WILL

  • Consider approval of City Council minutes, July 9, 2019.
  • Consider approval of Special City Council minutes, July 10, 2019.
  • Consider approval of Special City Council minutes, July 11, 2019.
  • Consider approval of City Council Work Session minutes, July 16, 2019.
  • Consider approval of the request by Lourdes Jasmin Molina, owner, for a specific use permit to allow an auto painting and body rebuilding shop use in a Light Commercial (LC) zoning district on Lot 4 and part of Lot 5, Block 3, Judkins Subdivision (3007 Andrews Hwy.) (Ordinance - Second and Final Approval).
  • Consider approval of the request by City of Odessa and ONCOR Electric Delivery Company, owners, LCA, agent, for rezoning from General Residential (GR) and Neighborhood Services (NS) to Special Dwelling District (SPD) on Lot 1, Block 1, Blackshear Stadium Addition and an approx. 2 acre tract in Section 35, Block 42, T-2-S, T&P Ry. Co., Odessa, Ector County, Texas (on the northeast corner of Fitch Ave. and Avenida de Mexico) (Ordinance - Second and Final Approval).
  • Consider approval of the annexation of 11098 W. 42nd St., 12613 W. Jenkins St., 856 N. Avenue D, and 860 N. Avenue D into the Ector County Utility District (Resolution).
  • Request approval of the City of Odessa's 2019 Action Plan (Resolution).
  • Consider approving the purchase of CALIBER T5 Bomb Robot for $133,830 from ICOR Technology for the City of Odessa Police Department from Donation Funds.
  • Open a public hearing to consider approval of the request of PTCAA Texas, LP, owner, for annexation to the City of Odessa and original zoning of Light Industrial (LI) on Lot 1, Block 1, Flying J Addition (northwest corner of the intersection of Kermit Hwy. and W. Loop 338) (Second Public Hearing).
  • Consider amending the Odessa City Code Chapter 12 “Traffic and Vehicles” Articles 12-1 “General Provisions” and Article 12-2 “Operation of Vehicles” by adding references to Code authority for traffic regulation and a list of all currently signalized intersections in Odessa (Ordinance – First Approval).
  • Consider amending the Odessa City Code Chapter 6 “Health And Sanitation”, Article 6-9 “Ambulances”, Section 6-9-31 “Fees” to raise ambulance rate charges (Ordinance – First Approval).
  • Consider an Ordinance revision for the Sherwood Community Building rental fees (Ordinance – First Approval).
  • Consider amending the Odessa City Code Chapter 6, "Health and Sanitation", Article 6-5, "Accumulations, Weeds, Rubbish, Brush or Other Objectionable Matter: by amending Sections 6-5-5, 6-5-7, 6-5-8 and 6-5-9 and adding Section 6-5-10, to provide for payment on costs incurred (Ordinance - First Approval).
  • Consider an ordinance amending the Odessa City Code of Ordinances, Chapter 3 “Building Regulations”, Article 3-15 “Streets And Sidewalks”, by amending Division 6 “Vegetation” and adding a new Division 7 “Network Nodes in Public Right-of-Way”.
  • Consider approval of a resolution in support of the 2020-2029 Unified Transportation Plan.
  • Consider approving funding agreements between the Odessa Development Corporation (ODC) and the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) for improvements consisting of constructing a new interchange at the intersection of Yukon and Loop 338 (Resolution).
  • Consider a temporary alley closure on North Texas Avenue between East Fourth and East Fifth streets.

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