Author: Pete Oppel

The Kyle Report – P&Z: Mid-rise? Yes. High-rise? Let’s wait and see…

The Kyle Report is a column written by Kyle resident, Pete Oppel, that covers city leadership issues. You can follow The Kyle Report here on the Kyle Life or by subscribing to Mr. Oppel’s blog, The Kyle TX Report. Kyle’s Planning and Zoning Commission voted 6-0 (commissioner Irene Melendez was a no-show) tonight to recommend the City Council amend Chapter 53 of the Code of Ordinances to allow the construction of nine-story buildings in areas zoned RS (Retail Service Districts) on a case-by-case basis. I would guess the proposed change will appear for a first reading on next Tuesday’s council...

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The Kyle Report – City Council Misinterprets Misleading Information Resulting in the Unnecessary Delay in the Passage of a Resolution

The Kyle Report is a column written by Kyle resident, Pete Oppel, that covers city leadership issues. You can follow The Kyle Report here on the Kyle Life or by subscribing to Mr. Oppel’s blog, The Kyle TX Report. Section 255.003 (a) of the Texas Ethics Code states “An officer or employee of a political subdivision may not spend or authorize the spending of public funds for political advertising.” And part c of this same section says “A person who violates this section commits an offense. An offense is a Class A misdemeanor.” Here’s what that means. Kyle City Council...

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The Kyle Report – A Tale of Two Road Extensions

The Kyle Report is a column written by Kyle resident, Pete Oppel, that covers city leadership issues. You can follow The Kyle Report here on the Kyle Life or by subscribing to Mr. Oppel’s blog, The Kyle TX Report. Although no action was taken directly on either how or by whom Marketplace Road will be extended to North Burleson or whether Onyx Lake Drive will be extended to Goforth as per the wishes of many of the residents of the Southlake Ranch subdivision, the prospects for both looked a little brighter as a result of actions taken at tonight’s city...

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The Kyle Report – Educator Wants to Establish Charter School in Kyle (and other things I learned about road projects, zoning issues and the city attorney’s wretched use of metaphors at tonight’s city council meeting)

Since its founders held an organizational meeting last month, I’m assuming most of those in the educational community were already aware of this, but I didn’t know until tonight, when Jewel Cournoyer spoke before the Kyle City Council, that she and her co-partner, Natasha MacNevin, want to open a tuition-free charter school serving grades K-3 somewhere in Kyle in August 2016. It’s going to be called A.I.M. Charter School and the letters stand for Advocating for the Individual Mind. You can learn a little bit more about the school as well as about Ms Cournoyer and Ms MacNevin here....

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The Kyle Report – Planning & Zoning Shows its Pro-Developer Bias

The Kyle Report is a column written by Kyle resident, Pete Oppel, that covers city leadership issues. You can follow The Kyle Report here on the Kyle Life or by subscribing to Mr. Oppel’s blog, The Kyle TX Report. Virtually any planning and zoning debate — regardless of the size or the location of the city or town in which the debate takes place — boils down to an argument between those who align themselves with developers against those who identify themselves as pro-existing neighborhood. And the city government — depending on those elected to public office — will be...

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