Proposed subdivision zoning OKed

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A proposed single family subdivision along County Road 48 received initial approval from Pearland City Council Monday for rezoning of its 32-acre site.

With little discussion, city council members unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance rezoning all the land, located just west of CR 48, 2,000 feet south of Broadway.

Applicant Alan Mueller requested the entire site be zoned single family residential, on behalf of owners Joe and Darlene Laney and John McMahan. The Planning and Zoning Commission considered the item Dec. 16 and recommended approval.

“What’s been asked for is an R1 on that 32 acres,” City Manager Clay Pearson said.

The resolution passed 5-0.

Council also approved annexation of approximately 11 acres within the proposed subdivision at the developer’s request.

A “cluster development plan” allows the developer to decrease the lot width from the required 80 feet down to a proposed mix of 60 and 55-foot-wide lots.

Mueller has stated in previous meetings that the deed restrictions for the new community would match neighboring Southern Trails, though the development would have its own HOA. Ninety-nine lots are proposed and, according to builder Beazer homes, price ranges are $260,000 to $300,000.

Also on Monday, council members approved the first reading of a zone change that would allow a nursing home facility at Business Center Drive and State Highway 288. The 4-acre site lies north of County Road 59, west of 288, and plans call for 5,400 square foot care facility.

The city’s Planning and Zoning Commission voted Dec. 15 to recommend approval.

“After a review with staff and P and Z, staff also has a positive recommendation,” Pearson told the council. “It would fit in and conform with our plans in that area.”

Council also authorized an advance funding agreement with the state for the Smith Ranch Road expansion project, which is receiving 80 percent matching funds through federal and state transportation funds.

“From what I understand, TxDOT calls most of these agreements ‘advanced funding,’” Pearson said.

“Actually, we’re picking up some engineering that had been done a number of years ago by TxDOT, updating it with current conditions, design work that we want to upgrade from the project and accommodate some drainage and to accomplish that and to take those plans, we need an agreement with TxDOT.”

Construction on the Smith Ranch project is estimated to begin in the fourth quarter of 2017, and take roughly a year to complete.

The city also authorized a contract amendment for engineering services in the amount of $234,000 with CDM Smith Inc. for design services associated with the Reflection Bay Water Reclamation Facility Expansion project.

“This will be the first of several (contracts) you’ll see over the next several months,” Pearson said.

Among other things, the expansion project is expected to alleviate odor problems in the area.

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