Love’s withdraws bid for new truck stop | Community alert

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A proposed truck stop along the I-35 access road between Oak Creek Way and Alligator Creek in New Braunfels is not on the table, at least for now.

According to city officials, Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores has withdrawn its application for a special use permit that would allow the construction of a truck stop on the north side of I-35.

The New Braunfels Planning Commission was due to consider the request last week, but the Oklahoma City-based company withdrew the request before this meeting.

According to Planning Commission Chairman Lee Edwards, the withdrawal means the item “will not be on the future agenda unless a new application is submitted”.

City officials said they had no information about why the application was withdrawn and requests for comment from Love’s representatives were not immediately successful.

The proposal has seen a multitude of stops and starts.

The item was postponed from the June 1 planning committee meeting to the July 6 meeting.

At the July 6 meeting, Love Company officials requested the article be deferred while the Texas Department of Transportation reviewed the traffic impact analysis report for the project and a notice of Updated report was provided to adjacent owners prior to the September Planning Commission meeting.

A new Notice of Public Hearing was provided by the city, indicating that the item would be on the committee’s agenda on March 1.

The proposal received significant opposition from residents, especially those who live in the Oak Creek Estates and Quail Valley communities.

Among the reasons residents of the opposition were expressed in emails and letters to city officials were the potential release of benzene and harmful compounds at the pump or through gasoline storage tank vents, traffic excessive truck traffic on neighborhood streets and disturbing noise levels.

A feasibility study submitted to the city by Ohio-based civic engineering firm Ceso on behalf of Love’s cited demand for truck refueling along the busy I-35 corridor and lack of parking accessible available to professional drivers between San Antonio and Austin as reasons for the proposed development in New Braunfels.

“Before selecting this site, Love investigated sites in Kyle, San Marcos and Schertz along the Interstate 35 corridor,” the feasibility study states. “However, the New Braunfels site best matched the existing Love’s network and provided access with minimal impact to the surrounding traffic pattern.”

Two truck stops are already operating in the area: the T/A Truck Stop (formerly Rip Griffin Truck Stop) located 0.66 miles east at the I-35 access road and the intersection of Conrads Lane, and the Tex Best Travel Center Truck Stop is about a mile west located at the intersection of Farm-to-Market Route 306 and the I-35 access road.

Both truck stops are located on the south side of I-35. The property offered by Love is also on the south side of the highway.

The proposed location was the first truck stop proposal under consideration since City Council members approved an ordinance change in December 2020 removing the proximity restriction between truck stops, adopting standards of development and operation to minimize potential negative impacts on surrounding properties and adding the requirement for approval. a special use permit prior to the development of any new truck stops.

According to city officials, the application for a permit authorizing a truck stop requires the submission of a site plan, a landscaping plan, a traffic impact analysis and a study. of feasibility showing expected demand for truck refueling and overnight parking.

Under the city ordinance, the development standards required for truck stops include a minimum setback of 300 feet from any property line used or zoned for residential purposes, including the use of a single family home park. , two-family, multi-family or prefab, as well as a 6-foot to 8-foot high masonry wall, a 3-inch shade tree per 15 linear feet, and a 24-inch-high shrub every five feet.

Prior to December 2020, the city’s zoning ordinance permitted truck stops as a permitted use of law in specific zoning designations, but its definition of “truck stop” included a provision that they could only be located ‘outside a two mile radius of another truck stop.

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