A proposal to develop the tract of land known as the Whitcomb Property moved before City Council Monday, with a required joint public hearing drawing a crowd.
A mixed use development that includes a 70,000-square-foot facility for Clear Creek Community Church — along with 600 apartments and space for retail, restaurant and commercial – is proposed for the site located at 3801 FM 528.
The Planning and Zoning Commission voted in March not to recommend the zone change for the proposed development, and although council often looks to the Commission for advice and direction, it could choose to approve the zone change anyway.
Planning and Zoning will meet again this Thursday.
The proposal has continued to draw much response from citizens, many of whom object to a multifamily development in their community. Lifelong Friendswood resident Brady Mora has been vocal about preserving the natural beauty of the 135-acre tract, appearing again before council Monday to promote preservation of the city’s remaining natural environment.
“I don’t want to see Friendswood lose any economic gain,” he said. “I’ve got to live here, too, and I can’t pay the taxes already. But the Lord provides a way. The property to me is perfect the way it is right now. The only kind of development I would support is the kind we don’t know much about around here: Soft development.”
“If you ever spend any time at Armard Bayou Nature Center, you start to appreciate the land we live on – and they’re not making any more of it,” he said, again bringing up the possibility of ecotourism as a possible draw for the area. “This property is a jewel; it’s a treasure,” he said. “It should be nurtured and protected.”
“It can be something that will be here long after we’re gone, or it can be just another office park or strip center.”
City Council meetings are usually held on the first Monday of the month at City Hall, 910 S Friendswood Dr., beginning at 4:30 p.m.