Texas Masonry Council: Nolanville to Require Masonry in New Construction; Central Texas City Joins Growing Trend

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Fast-growing Nolanville, TX for the first time will require minimum percentages of masonry for the exteriors of all new construction, reports the Texas Masonry Council. The Nolanville City Council voted unanimously at its regular meeting on May 17 to approve the comprehensive zoning ordinance recommended by the city Planning and Zoning Commission. Located in Bell County, near Killeen, Nolanville’s population almost doubled in the last decade to almost 4,300, according to the US Census.

Fast-growing Nolanville for the first time will require minimum percentages of masonry for the exteriors of all new construction, reports the Texas Masonry Council.

The City Council voted unanimously at its regular meeting on May 17 to approve the comprehensive zoning ordinance recommended by the city Planning and Zoning Commission. Located in Bell County, near Killeen, Nolanville’s population almost doubled in the last decade to almost 4,300, according to the US Census.

The new zoning ordinance includes the following masonry requirements:

  •     Residential structures - 80 percent on the front and 75 percent on the sides
  •     Non-residential structures - 85 percent on the front and 75 percent on the sides.

City Council member Duane Hampton said the masonry requirements will help ensure the long-term sustainability of the community.

“These masonry requirements will help our tax base retain or increase its value over the long term, and this will help ensure that the city can provide the public services that our growing population demands,” Hampton said.

City Manager Stephen Pearl said the newly adopted standards requiring minimum percentages of masonry will help shape future development in a way that will protect and preserve the character of Nolanville.

“These standards can better prepare buildings in the event of natural disasters such as high winds and fire, while in the long run minimizing maintenance costs,” Pearl said. “With these requirements the City’s goal is to increase the quality, adaptability, and durability of Nolanville’s future development and ensure that new areas maintain their value and are sustainable for years to come.”

Leila Siqueiros, representing the Texas Masonry Council, noted that by enacting the masonry requirements Nolanville joins a trend in the state. Just last month, Cedar Park raised its masonry requirements. And in Bell County, Belton already has masonry requirements and other cities are beginning to think about adding or upgrading their masonry requirements.

Statewide, more than 150 cities have enacted masonry requirements, according to the Texas Masonry Council. In the last six months, Bellaire and Baytown in Harris County also have enacted masonry requirements for new construction.

Research has shown that masonry (brick, stone, concrete block) provides greater protection against fire, and windstorms, such as tornadoes and hurricanes, than non-masonry siding products.

Rudy Garza, executive vice president of the Texas Masonry Council, said, “Texas has a rich history of building with long-lasting masonry products. Masonry is part of the Texas heritage, and by embracing masonry planning, local officials and civic leaders, such as those in Nolanville, are helping to build a strong legacy for their communities.“

ABOUT THE TEXAS MASONRY COUNCIL
The Texas Masonry Council represents the masonry manufacturers, suppliers, and contractors in Texas. The TMC assists communities seeking to enhance their appearance, safety, and long-term sustainability by incorporating masonry planning into their development plans. Visit http://www.masonryordinance.com.

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