The Willow Park City Council approved commercial property items as well as an engineering contract for the Fort Worth water project at Tuesday night’s regular meeting.

The council approved an item on a request to rezone from local retail to commercial in the Interstate 20 Overlay District.

“If you remember last month, you had a preliminary plat for this property subdivided into three large lots and it is for future development,” WP Planning Consultant Betty Chew said. “Local retail is more smaller business. The more significant changes or additions [for commercial zoning] is you can have auditoriums and theaters, you can have a business, college, private school, department stores, household furniture and appliance stores, hotels all in commercial as well as diagnostic and healthcare facilities.”

The 19.8 acres is to the west of Texas Health Hospital Willow Park.

The required public hearing was held, which no one spoke at.

The council also approved a motion on a site plan for a bank on 3.35 acres of land off the I-20 service road and Willow Bend Drive.

“This property is located in the commercial I-20 Overlay District on the south side of the interstate. There are higher standards within the I-20 Overlay District and this bank and offices will complement and enhance the new and existing development that we have in the area,” Chew said. “This is the property that will be east of Brookshire’s and also immediately to the west of Starbucks on Willow Bend Drive. This is a 43,780 square foot, three story office building and bank building.”

The development will include closed parking and a drive-thru for the bank.

A bid that was awarded to Halff & Associates back at the beginning of the year for engineering services on the Fort Worth water project, was approved by the council to complete the contract.

“We never executed the contract with them. A couple of reasons why — one, we didn’t have an agreement with Fort Worth in place and two, we didn’t have a date for funding to start the project,” WP City Manager Bryan Grimes said. “We now have the agreement with Fort Worth in place and we now have a date with the water development board to start obtaining funds. This agreement will allow Halff & Associates to begin engineering services on the project even through we don’t have the funds in-hand today.”

On March 25, Hudson Oaks and Willow Park approved the interlocal agreement for wholesale water with the city of Fort Worth. Both cities are expected to be hooked up to Fort Worth water in late 2021, early 2022.

Other items approved by the WP city council:

• Renewal of the Lifecare EMS/first responders agreement;

• An agreement with Bureau Veritas North America regarding new plan review and inspection fees for residential construction;

• And amending the city’s fee schedule regarding residential building permit fees.

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