The Tomball City Council took steps to begin regulating donation canisters that are located within the city, while also hearing about a proposal for a new multi-family apartment building, during their regular meeting April 15.
The council unanimously passed an ordinance that will regulate donation boxes in Tomball.
"This will set the regulations for the type of containers that are allowable, who can operate them, where they can exist, a permitting process and then a process for violations," said Christal Kliewer Weber, Tomball Assistant City Manager.
The new ordinance will require that the containers must be operated on behalf of a non-profit organization, as well as be placed only in non-residential areas.
The new regulations also require that no more than two may be located on any lot and that they must be at least 300 feet away from any other container on any other lot.
They may not be larger than 96 cubic feet and must be neutral colored, while also maintained in good condition and emptied regularly.
The new law also requires operators of the donation boxes to get them permitted each year, at a fee of $25.
In other business, a joint workshop of the council and planning and zoning commission heard a proposal from Sean Rae, of Trammell Crow, about a planned multi-family apartment building on the northeast corner of SH 249 and Holderreith Road.
"A month or so ago we were approached by Trammell Crow Residential, wanting to talk about development of a multi-family complex here in Tomball," City Manager George Shackelford said. "We decided it would be best if they made a presentation before submitting a pro-posal."
Sean Rae, a development associate with the company, told the members about the proposal.
"This is not section eight or government subsidized housing," Rae said. "This is luxury, market rate housing."
The proposal laid out by Rae spells out a 376 unit complex on 19 acres. A formal proposal has yet to be submitted to the city.