Leander City Council

Leander Council to discuss ordinances impacted by legislative changes, council meeting rules and authorizing Leander Chamber to use HOT Tax funds

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The Leander City Council will consider several important agenda items Thursday, Aug. 1, during its briefing session and council meeting.
The briefing session starts at 6 p.m. and is open to the public but will neither be be lived streamed nor voice recorded. The regular council meeting will start 7 p.m. and it will be live streamed.

The council will consider a possible agreement between the City of Leander and the Leander Chamber of Commerce to allow the Chamber to use up to 75 percent of the city’s Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT Tax) to promote tourism in the city and the local convention and hotel industry. The proposed agreement, which would last for 5 years starting Oct. 1, would include a sliding scale that would reduce the Chamber’s percentage share of the tax as the total raised reaches certain milestones.

The council will also receive a report and discuss the effects of the recently passed House Bill 2439 and House Bill 3167, which respectively removes the City’s ability to regulate building materials for residential and commercial builds and forces strict timelines for reviewing and approving projects on the City when it is dealing with the site plan and subdivision platting process.

The city staff is currently working to update the Composite Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Ordinance to address to address the legislative changes. At the Aug. 8, Aug. 15 and Sept. 5 council meetings, staff will present several of these ordinance revisions for the council to review. 

Additionally, the council will consider discussing and authorizing Mayor Pro Tem Chris Czernek to work with the City Attorney and the City Secretary to draft a Council Rules of Order and Procedure based on what the council discusses Thursday, as well as any potential Ethics Ordinance revisions that will be limited to only items that conflict with the rules. The draft rules will be brought back before the council at a future meeting for further discussion and possible passage.

Nearly all cities have these rules and prior councils have discussed drafting them, but it was repeatedly fell by the wayside, Czernek said. He said he hopes having clear rules that all council members have approved will make it easier for them to solve issues and take emotion out of the decision making process, allowing them to be more effective and cohesive while resolving questions. 

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