WAXAHACHIE - Future growth has the City of Waxahachie looking at the possibility of expanding the boundaries of its central business district. Under this proposed plan, new businesses could blend into existing neighborhood settings.

“Right now the central area district, what we call the downtown, is too small to contain current businesses. The current district starts at Singleton Plaza and stops right here at city hall,” said John Hamilton, chairman of Waxahachie Partnership, Inc. “Places like the Fresh Market Coffee House and the depot are not in the district. When U.S. Highway 77 comes through on Monroe Street it will be even more serious.”

Hamilton proposed to expand the downtown area from its current borders of Jackson Street, Madison Street, Water Street, and U.S. Highway 77. The proposed first expansion would move the boundaries of the district to Howard Road, Oldham Avenue, Ferris Avenue, and Clift Street. A second increase is proposed, but those limits have not been defined.

Hamilton shared that these areas would help with organized, planned development in connection with the viaduct replacement project that is being undertaken by the Texas Department of Transportation. He added that this is a concept plan and nothing has been finalized.

City Manager Michael Scott stated that this is currently an exploratory effort.

“The idea is not to go in and change people’s use or anything they have currently but it is to prepare for the future especially with things like the viaduct project coming through. That is going to change the west side."

"There have been some changes toward Waxahachie-east,” Scott added. “We want to make sure that our zoning is appropriate for those types of use and growth.”

Scott stated that this change cultivates mix uses and creates a blended effect. This effect would be similar to what ongoing in the Bishop Arts District in Oak Cliff, which is creating neighborhood businesses like a coffee shop or a bakery inside homes.

Scott noted that this concept is being developed and it would be at least six months before anything is approved.

In other business the council:

• Approved a zoning change from a single family two zoning district to a planned development – single family-two with a concept plan for a property located at 631 Solon Road.

• Approved a request from Helen Reed with Helen’s House for a zoning change from a general retail-zoning district to a single family-two located at 320 Lynn Street.

• Approved a specific use permit to allow a family home use within a single family two zoning district located at 320 Lynn Street for a childcare service.

• Approved to deny a taxicab license renewal for Boppalong Taxi.

• Named Waxahachie High School senior Emma Cook as the honorary council member for the month of December.

*The Waxahachie Daily Light incorrectly reported that Silver Bullet Taxi was denied a renewal of its operating license by the Waxahachie City Council at its Dec. 18 meeting. The renewal that was denied by the council was for Boppalong Taxi. The Daily Light apologies for this error.