CEDAR PARK CITY COUNCIL

Cedar Park City Council makes changes to rules of procedure

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At its last meeting on July 26, the Cedar Park City Council adopted a resolution to amend its own rules of procedure, including meeting dates and start times. The resolution adjusts the meeting times to match what has been the standard in recent years, as well as moving the rules governing the council’s agenda and general conduct out of the city’s Code of Ordinances and to a separate document.

As a part of the newly-adopted rules, which also govern the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission meetings and various advisory boards, council members limited the number of consecutive meetings a member of a commission or board can be absent to three. 

Council members must also notify the mayor, or pro-tem in the absence of the mayor, of an expected absence from any meeting, retreat or work session. Only three council members may participate by videoconference during a single council meeting. 

Among the various rules of conduct adopted by the council is a paragraph requiring council members to refrain from disparaging comment against fellow council members, city staff, and the public during meetings, as well as outside of meetings in social settings and on social media. 

Council Member Heather Jefts said that the ordinance had been under discussion for “quite some time,” and said the rule is not intended to prohibit speech, but instead is a call for council members to “conduct ourselves in a manner befitting the gravity of our positions.” 

The council also voted to appoint Mark Ayotte to Place Two on the Type A Economic Development Sales Tax Corporation Board under Councilmember Kirkland’s recommendation.

“Mark has volunteered for the City over the years, he also volunteers with the food pantry and others like Heroes Night Out,” said Kirkland. “I think that Mark’s always been a level-headed, very even-tempered and I think he’d be a wonderful addition to the board.”

A public hearing was held on proposed changes to ordinances regarding subdivisions and site developments. Proposed changes to site development regulations, or site improvements proposed on a tract of land, would include building location, drive aisles, driveway location, parking, drainage facilities and utilities. Site development regulations currently apply to development of land within the city limits as well as the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction. Regulations related to driveways, sight distance, electrical and communication

utilities, lighting, tree surveys and tree preservation would be relocated from the city’s Code of Ordinances Site Development chapter to the chapter covering subdivisions.

The city’s Planning and Zoning Commission has already voted to recommend approval of the amendments as proposed. The changes would also be applicable within the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ), affecting developments that are outside the Cedar Park city limits but within its police and fire coverage jurisdictions. 

The Council will hear a second reading of the proposal at its Aug. 9 meeting.



INFOBOX: 


Proposed Amendments


City Council

-Rules of Procedure


Planning & Zoning Commission

-Rules of Procedure


Tourism Advisory Board

-Rules of Procedure


PACE Advisory Board

-Rules of Procedure 


Type A Corporation

-Articles of Incorporation

-Bylaws

-Rules of Procedure


Type B Corporation

-Articles of Incorporation

-Bylaws

-Rules of Procedure

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