CS city council to consider "South Knoll Area Neighborhood Plan"

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POSTED: Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 4:40pm
UPDATED: Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 10:20pm

A College Station neighborhood is at the center of a heated debate after homeowners say it's been taken over by renters.

Now the neighborhood's fate is in the hands of city officials as they consider a list of possible changes that will ultimately shape its future.

Charles Barr has lived in his South Knoll house for the last 31 years. He raised his family here and had every intention to stay here after retirement but his plans have now changed ever since his neighborhood has become full of renters.

"Ten years ago I would have said I could spend the rest of my life in this house but things deteriorated to the point where it just wasn't a good place anymore," said Barr. "I'm definitely moving in the near future."

It's a neighborhood divided and now the city of College Station is hoping to find some common ground between everyone.

They're plan to do that by creating the "South Knoll Area Neighborhood Plan."

Principal Planner, Jennifer Prochazka says, "The intent of the program is to get property owners and residents to work together to improve the integrity of the neighborhoods and the quality of life in the neighborhoods."

The neighborhood has been meeting with city staff members for the past year discussing major issues.

Now city council members will have the chance to vote on a list of about 60 proposed changes.

"Dealing with rental registration, on street parking and the number of unrelated in the neighborhoods and those of course are three, or four or five recommendations out of the 60 but those are the ones really important to the group," said Prochazka.

We're told some, all or none of the proposed guidelines can be approved.

And while Barr says he will be moving regardless of the outcome, he's hoping the city will listen to the homeowners and make the changes for the betterment of the neighborhood's future.

"We are poised for great things should we give new families the assurances that they need to invest their lives here," Barr told us.

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