Residential project off 35 may become reality

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A zone change that clears the way for a primarily residential development off State Highway 35 could be finalized as early as this month, having cleared a first reading before Pearland City Council.

Council passed the measure a 3-2 vote March 23. The zone change is needed to develop Baker’s Landing, a single family home proposal on 80 acres between Main Street and Old Alvin Road, south of Walnut.

The proposal has been discussed in several past council meetings, with action being postponed on March 9. City staff recommended against approval, namely because the suburban single-family home development does not fit with the city’s comprehensive plan for that site, which was designated as “Village District,” a mix of townhomes, corner store commercial and other mixed uses.

The first reading on Monday passed Council by a vote of 3-2. Voting against were Councilmen Keith Ordeneaux and Greg Hill.

A number of Pearland residents, including former Councilman Larry Marcott, have appeared before council to speak against the development.

Mayor Tom Reid, too, isn’t sold on the project.

“The problem I have is not that there are residences there, it’s that there are so many of them,” Reid said. “With 55-foot lots.”

“It’s just such high density, some larger lots would make it something a little bit more positive for our community,” he said.

Consultant Alan Mueller is representing the property’s owner, the Felton M. and Mary C. Baker Revocable Trust. Mueller said the project would provide a good economic catalyst for the area.

Pearland City Council normally meets on the second and fourth Mondays of the month at City Hall. Public comment sessions are provided. For up-to-date meeting agendas, visit the city’s website, pearlandtx.gov.

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