City council grants sidewalk waiver to Wylie ISD

POSTED: 7:26 PM Jul 11 2013
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ABILENE, Texas -

The Abilene City Council granted another waiver Thursday, on a split vote, for a construction project where the developer didn't want to have to build sidewalks as required by city ordinance.

The Wylie School District requested the waiver for the new elementary school they're building at the corner of Antilley and Buffalo Gap Road.

The Planning and Zoning Commission originally denied the waiver request from the district but the council granted it.

The vote was four members in favor and three against.  Those voting against the waiver were Joe Spano, Anthony Williams, and Kellie Miller.

Spano asked fellow council members why we even had the sidewalk ordinance when the council continues to gives waivers for their construction.

Wylie cited cost and safety issues as their reason for requesting the waiver.