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August 23, 2012

Economic development on agenda for Hudson Oaks meeting

HUDSON OAKS — Seven public hearings, two of which may have a significant effect on economic development, are on tonight’s Hudson Oaks city council agenda.

The pair are a request for a re-plat on lots in the Cinema Development Addition and a rezoning from General Commercial to Planned Development Entertainment District. City Administrator Sheri Campbell-Husband said the council will need to go into executive session before the hearing to work out some final details.

The rezoning, if approved, would take place on 10.294 acres near the City Lights Weatherford movie theater on Cinema Drive.

“There will be a big economic development announcement,” Campbell-Husband said, adding that she couldn’t go into details about what the announcement concerned.

Council members are also expected to get a preliminary look at the city’s new website design and branding plans. According to a staff report, the council adopted a new Strategic Plan in 2010. One of the goals was to “Re-brand Hudson Oaks.” Some of the tasks were to overcome the city’s “existing, weak” brand by engaging a design firm to “re-brand with an icon/logo and create identity through a slogan or tagline.”

Residents supported the idea when the city’s Comprehensive Plan was adopted in February 2012. Staff began working with a design firm and will present some rough drafts on the brand and the website at the meeting, which begins at 7 p.m.

“We just want to receive some basic feedback on what they have done so far,” Campbell-Husband said.

The council is also expected to approve an ordinance amending the city’s fee schedule. Campbell-Husband said there are no changes to any fees but is being done as a cosmetic measure.

“It’s the same schedule the council adopted in 2009,” Campbell-Husband said.

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