An amended version of zone change needed for the Friendswood Town Center proposal cleared a first reading by City Council Monday night. Final approval at a future council meeting would allow a mixed-use development to proceed on one of the largest undeveloped tracts of land left in Friendswood.
The 135-acre Whitcomb property, as it is known, lies at 3801 FM 528.
The proposed mixed-use development, known as Friendswood Town Center, includes a 70,000-square-foot facility for Clear Creek Community Church, members of which have spoken out to council on the positive impacts on the community that both the church and development would bring.
The city’s Planning and Zoning Commission previously reviewed the project at length, but recommended against the zone change approval based on the absence of a concrete retail component.
A public hearing on the matter drew a large number of speakers both for and against. Those supporting the Town Center proposal pointed out that mixed-use developments are unique and walkable.
Among those against the proposal is former Mayor David Smith, who urged council not to weigh the matter differently than if a church were not involved.
Two readings of the ordinance are needed for final approval.