The Waco City Council will take on a packed agenda Tuesday with decisions on short-term rental ordinances and discussions of the budget and of potential landfill sites.
The council meets for a work session at 3 p.m. and business session at 6 p.m. at the Waco Convention Center’s Bosque Theater.
At the work session, the council will hear a report on the ongoing site study in the effort to replace the Waco Regional Landfill.
The city’s effort to build a new 270-acre landfill on Old Lorena Road next to the existing landfill has drawn vocal opposition from residents of the Highway 84 corridor. In March, the council ordered city staff to work with the landfill consultant to research other possible sites that would be farther from existing neighborhoods.
The staff and SCS Engineering reported last month that the closest sites they could find were about 30 miles away, and building landfills there would require the use of transfer stations, raising monthly residential garbage rates by an estimated 84 percent.
The council asked for a more thorough search of potential sites, even if they are within four miles of existing neighborhoods.
Also at the work session, the council is scheduled to discuss the staff’s proposed 2017-18 operating budget and capital improvement plan, proposed short-term rental ordinances and a recent downtown parking study.
At the business session, the council will vote on the short-term rental ordinances, which create five categories of residential property that can be rented out as short-term lodging.
The ordinances, covering licensing and zoning, would generally streamline the permitting process for homeowners who want to rent rooms one reservation at a time while they remain on the premises. Such rentals would not require a special permit and public hearing.
Homes rented without the owner present would still require a special permit and hearing and would have to be separated from similar property uses by a 500-foot buffer.
Also at the business session, the council will hold a public hearing on its plans for using federal housing and community development funds.
The city staff is proposing to cut funding to a few programs, including Project Promise, which provides scholarships for lower-income children to attend summer enrichment classes at Baylor University.
The council also will consider spending $450,000 of Tax Increment District Zone funds on a “quiet zone” study for the railroad downtown, and $519,166 for sidewalk improvements around a building being renovated for offices at 600 Columbus Ave.