Board tables zone change decision as Tyler residents protest development

Board tables zone change decision as Tyler residents protest development

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The City of Tyler’s Planning and Zoning Board (P&Z) has tabled a discussion concerning land development that had residents packed into Tuesday afternoon’s meeting.

Genecov Investments has asked the board to consider a zone change for property it purchased near Maple Lane and West Cumberland Road to allow for unspecified development. However, several residents of the area who were present at the meeting voiced concern about what that development would include, and how it could impact schools and traffic, and cause a drop in property values.

Map of Tyler near Maple Lane and West Cumberland Road. Residents voiced concern that development would cause issues for schools and traffic in the area, and cause a drop in property value.
Map of Tyler near Maple Lane and West Cumberland Road. Residents voiced concern that development would cause issues for schools and traffic in the area, and cause a drop in property value. (Courtesy: Photojournalist Arthur Clayborn)

Nearly 100 residents have started a petition to protest the development until details can be discussed with property owners in the area.

“We opposed the zone change request because we didn’t feel like we had enough information to tell us about what Genecov planned to do with the development,” said Mandy Nelson, one of the concerned residents at Tuesday’s meeting. “The request was a surprise to us; we found out about it from our neighbors and we’re appreciative of our neighborhood effort to get everyone here.”

A representative said the purpose of the petition is to present the voice of the community to the city council, which is where the zone change would be sent if it were approved by P&Z.

“Since P&Z tabled the proposal for 30 days, this will allow both sides to come together, hear all information, and hopefully work towards a resolution that addresses the concerns of all parties involved,” said Stuart R. Hene, of Tarry & Hene P.L.L.C. " I believe a resolution can be reached, but the way Genecov decided to initially handle this matter is concerning."

The board on Tuesday unanimously voted to table the discussion for at least the next 30 days. Hene said a representative of Genecov Investments proposed a meeting with concerned residents in mid-January to discuss moving forward with the project.

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