Margraves Ranch Developement

Fellow Castlegate residents:

Many of you may have seen the notice on Green's Prairie regarding a re-zoning meeting. The Castlegate Board of directors would like to share the following letter (which has also been sent to the residents of South Oaks, Nantucket and Indian Lakes) from Karen Pitts, a South College Station resident, regarding an upcoming meeting later this week:

 

Dear Neighbors,
We have alerted you in the past to the City's land use changes that will negatively affect our neighborhoods along Arrington Road.  College Station's City Council has passed two multifamily apartment complexes (CapRock 10 near Blue Baker to generate over 1,600 cars/day and The Ranch near South Oaks to generate 1,800 cars/day).  The next attempt to rezone involves the Margraves ranch across from the Arrington and Harpers Ferry intersection, with an anticipated 9,000 to possibly over 14,800 cars/day that will push Arrington beyond  its capacity.  The intent is to change zoning from estate homes to restricted suburban/townhomes/possibly school and retail. The traffic overload that will follow does not include our existing traffic.  We must stop the City's rezoning before it impacts the safety of our neighborhood!

Please make your voices heard at the Planning and Zoning Commission public hearing on Thursday, May 18, at 7 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers, at 1101 Texas Ave. S. and at the City Council public hearing on Thursday, May 25, at 7 p.m. in City Hall as well.  If you cannot attend, please email your opposition to the Margraves rezoning (stating your wish to maintain estate homes on the tract) to City Planner Jenifer Paz at jpaz@cstx.gov before the P&Z meeting.  Final approval for rezoning will be at the City Council meeting.  For the City Council meeting email any City Council member or City Secretary Sherry Mashburn at smashburn@cstx.gov, requesting that your statement be included in the City Council minutes.

Karen Pitts, Chair
Tracking Roads Advisory Committee

 

Please note that the HOA office is unable to field any calls or emails regarding this meeting. 

You may direct all questions, comments or concerns to the appropriate city officials as listed in this notice.

Also to clarify, an "estate home" designation is defined as a >1 acre lot and the "restricted suburban" zoning designation is a 8,000 to 10,000 square foot lot. 

The Margraves Ranch development will occur south of Castlegate directly across from Greens Prairie Road.

Thank you, the Castlegate Board of Directors.

Neighborhood News

Neighborhood News: Information on College Station events and services

Podcast: Why does Mayor Mooney want to walk in your neighborhood?

Mayor Karl Mooney has a new way to connect with citizens: a monthly "Walk With the Mayor." In this episode of the city podcast, Mayor Mooney said he especially wants to connect with residents who may not feel comfortable coming to city hall but still have issues or concerns they want the mayor to see and understand. To listen to the podcast of Mayor Mooney talking with Public Communications Director Jay Socol about his thoughts on "Walk With the Mayor", click here

New "My Neighborhood Guide" now available

Neighborhood Services and the Public Communications Department revised the manual used by neighborhood associations and HOAs to organize and manage associations. The original manual was published in the early 2000's. The manual needed to be revised and updated to reflect the more current state and needs of associations. The manual is meant to be a resource for association leaders and representatives.  For a hard copy, contact Neighborhood Services to arrange to pick up a copy or have one mailed. For an electronic version, click here.

Video available of April Code Enforcement Seminar Supper

Last month's Seminar Supper was on the topic of Code Enforcement. Code Supervisor Julie Caler was the guest speaker discussing all things code enforcement. Since this always one of the most important topics, this video of the seminar supper is now available for viewing.  To view the video, click here

Parks Summer Guide is now available

The Parks and Recreation Summer Guide is now available for download. Hard copies available at City Hall, Stephen C. Beachy Central Park, Southwood Community Center, Lincoln Recreation Center and Larry J. Ringer Library.  The electronic copy of the guide is available here for download.

Neighborhood Services Office is moving

The Neighborhood Services Office is to the old Human Resources Office in City Hall. The new office will be just a few steps down the hall from the old office near the elevator. The City's Human Resources Office moved next door to the old Fire Station at 1207 Texas Avenue and in doing so provided some much needed additional office space for various city employees. The move should take place the week of May 15.

Mosquito Dunk distribution to begin May 22

Mosquito dunk distribution will begin on May 22. Like last year, all HOAs will go through neighborhood services to receive dunks. Applications for dunks must be completed and turned in when picking up dunks. Please call before coming to pick up dunks from Neighborhood Services to be sure the Neighborhood Services Coordinator is in the office and available to distribute the dunks.  Residents not in HOAs can pick up dunks from the City Secretary's Office, also located in city hall. Mosquito dunks can be picked up in the City Secretary's Office beginning May 22, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  To get more information on the mosquito dunks, tips to keep safe during mosquito season and the application for HOAs to receive dunks, visit the Neighborhood Services webpage here and check out the Mosquito Abatement Program tab.

Water Conservation Tips

Tips to Prevent Over-Watering Your Lawn:

https://bvwatersmart.tamu.edu/

Notice of Public Hearing

Please see the attached notice of the public hearing regarding rezoning.

Bike Lane Issues

We have received several phone calls & emails of people driving in the bike lane at the corner of William D Fitch and Victoria. Please be careful and watch out for children and bikers when driving along this intersection. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter!

Thank you

Victoria Traffic Concerns

Traffic concerns on Victoria road through Castlegate and Castlegate II

 

Citizens can contact James Robertson via email or phone.

Phone Number: (979) 764-3862

Email Address: jrobertson@cstx.gov

 

In general, here are some responses Traffic Engineering has provided concerning Victoria Avenue:

  • Victoria Avenue @ Etonbury Avenue

o   This intersection could become an all-way stop in the future if an engineering study were to find that an all-way stop is warranted based upon crash history and traffic volume.  It would be a violation of the Texas Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for us to post an all-way stop for the purpose of controlling speed along Victoria Avenue.  The Texas Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices is adopted within the Texas Transportation Code. We should have funds for this evaluation in next year’s budget. 

  • Victoria Avenue @ Norwich Drive

o   Traffic Engineering will evaluate this intersection in the future to determine if an all-way stop is warranted.  Given that Norwich Drive is a residential street, it is unlikely that the evaluation will find this to be the case.  We are looking into installing pedestrian crossing signs. This would be evaluated at the same time Victoria Avenue @ Etonbury Avenue is evaluated. 

  • Victoria Avenue Speed Limit

o   Traffic Engineering and CSPD will work on collecting speed data along the roadway to determine if the speed limit should be changed and to determine what level of enforcement could be needed.  CSPD is stretched thin, therefore, it will take time before this evaluation can be completed.

  • Victoria Avenue Speed Humps

o   Because Victoria Avenue is a primary response route for the College Station Fire Department, we will not be able to consider speed bumps along this roadway.  Speed humps have a negative effect on emergency response times and pose a risk to patients in ambulances.  As an example, imagine you’re the person that fell off a ladder and hurt your back.  As the ambulance takes you to the hospital, it now has to go over the speed humps as it exits the neighborhood. 

  • Children at Play signs

o   These signs cannot be installed because it would be a violation of the Texas Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.  Additionally, these signs have been found to increase risk to children in the communities where they are posted.  Driver’s tend to ignore the signs because they often see them without also seeing children.  At the same time, some parents assume the signs are affecting driver behavior and use less caution in the observation of their children.  This decreased observation with no change in driver behavior increases risk.

Bobcat Spotted in Castlegate

A couple of residents spotted a gray & black bobcat on Tuesday, March 7th in the afternoon around 3:25 behind the iron fence in the Gardens of Castlegate! Exact location is between the Gardens & Carisbrooke in the common area. Please keep pets secured and do not leave any water dishes outside. For any questions or concerns, please email office@hoapartners.net or contact the college station police non emergency line.

Greens Prairie Trail Temporary Detours

The contactor’s paving operation on Greens Prairie Trail will start on February 2nd. On days they are pouring concrete there will be some temporary detours in place to help facilitate the concrete trucks. While the contractor is working on the north side of Greens Prairie Trail  the roadway will be reduced to one way allowing only eastbound traffic between Ledgestone & Royder Road. All westbound traffic will be detoured at Royder Road to Ledgestone. This detour will be setup from 9am-2pm on the day of the pour.

Piyo Class

Starting January 31 we will be offering a PiYo class-Tuesday night at 5:45pm-6:45pm at the Castlegate II Community Center. This is a great way to build community and get to know some of your neighbors! 


PiYo is an incredibly effective body-transformation program that combines Pilates and yoga-inspired moves, all set to a faster pace, so you get your strength, fexibility, and cardio all in each workout. PiYo delivers the long, lean muscles and flat, toned abs of Pilates, a firm butt and strong arms like you'd get from yoga, and the weight-loss benefits of fat-burning cardio. The movement pattern goes from longer (16 count) to shorter and faster (4 count). There is a lot of getting up and down from the floor to standing position. This program will work your core like no other and is great for athletes who want to stretch their hip flexors, IT Band, hamstrings, and lower back. It is great for folks who want to get in a great workout without  pounding on the joints. Classes are one hour  and are $8 per class. Sessions will run 8 weeks allowing for no class the week of Spring Break. There will be one free make up class in case you must miss a scheduled class. To register, please contact Mary Timoney at 979-428-5530 and she will get you all set up.

Handheld Device while Driving Ban

Neighborhood News:
Handheld Device While Driving Ban begins Nov. 9

Good Afternoon All,
 
 
Attached and below are items to help promote the City of College Station's mobile device driving ordinance that goes into effect Nov. 9. We need help informing students, their parents, residents and visitors. We need help from our citizens to  spread the word and share this information with neighbors and friends. Any help that you can provide would be greatly appreciated.  Feel free share and use these tools however you see fit.
 
Also, we've partnered with Safe2Save (http://safe2save.org), a free smart phone app that rewards drivers for not using their cell phone while driving. Minutes of safe driving turn into points, and points can be redeemed for free or discounted items at several popular local eateries and retailers. http://facebook.com/safe2save
 

Video links to share::
  1. Police Chief Scott McCollum (2:51):http://bit.ly/2dGE8rq
  2. College Student (:30): http://bit.ly/2ey00qg
  3. Young Mom (:30): http://bit.ly/2f9mm2c
Also, for Frequently Asked Questions on the ban, please visit: www.cstx.gov/police or call CSPD non-emergency number at 764-3600.

Barbara Moore
Neighborhood Services Coordinator
1101 Texas Avenue
College Station, TX 77842
764-6262 
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