Diversity, return on investment among future development priorities

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What Pearland will look like in the future depends on the city’s planning documents.

Known as the “Comprehensive Plan,” the city’s future plan will be the topic of discussion May 11 when City Council and Planning and Zoning hold a joint workshop.

Concerns with development that has occurred in the past 10 years has been diversity of housing types within the city, Director of Community Development Lata Krishnarao told Planning and Zoning Commissioners during the advisory board’s March 16 meeting.

“The 1999 Comprehensive Plan said look for housing diversity; look for larger lots,” she said. “The concern is that we may not have had as much diversity as was envisioned.”

A recent study showed that about half of the city’s residential lots are of the same density.

“And just in the last year, over 85 percent of the lots that are platted are 55-footers and less than 60 feet,” she said.

Return on investment for the city regarding the services it must provide to new residential development is also a concern. The equates to tax revenue vs. what the city spends for services such as water, fire protection, etc. It is a topic that a lot of cities are looking at today, she said.

“We are concerned with how much vacant land we have how, what do we do with that vacant land, specifically in terms of how do we get the best return of investment and provide for sustainable development in the next 25 or 30 years,” she said.

The ultimate plan will be a result of the aspirations of city leaders, a delicate mix of rooftops and commercial. Workshops are open to the public and held at City Hall.

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