P&Z takes up Town Center proposal

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The city’s Planning and Zoning Commission will again discuss zoning for a mixed use proposal for the Friendswood site known as the Whitcomb property at its regular meeting Thursday, March 5.

The 135-acre tract, currently undeveloped except for an existing cemetery, is located at 3801 FM 528. Clear Creek Community Church is requesting a zone change to build a new facility on a portion of the property. Within the same request, however, is proposed development that includes restaurant, retail and multi-family.

The Friendswood Town Center, as it is labeled, would be a mixed-use center including the church, 600 apartment units, commercial space and 63 acres of recreational open space. Partners for the project include Clear Creek Community Church, Lee and Associates, NRP Group and Tellus Consulting LLC.

A number of residents appeared both Feb. 19 and at a prior joint public hearing with city council to speak against the zone change, saying they do no believe the development is in the best interest of the community long-term.

After much discussion and public input at its February meeting, P&Z tabled a decision on a recommendation pending further research of the proposal.

The appointed advisory board’s vote to recommend either for or against the zone change will be forwarded to Friendswood City Council for a final decision. All city council action is listed before each meeting on the agenda posted on the city’s website.

Also on the P&Z agenda this Thursday is action regarding the final plat of a 5.6-acre tract known as Seminole Haven.

The Planning and Zoning meeting is set to begin at 7 p.m. Thursday in Council Chambers, 910 S. Friendswood Dr. Meetings are open to the public. The commission usually meets on the first and third Thursdays of each month at City Hall.

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