A new version of a proposed residential development near State Highway 35 cleared an initial hurdle Monday as City Council voted 3-2 to OK a first reading of a zone change needed to develop Baker’s Landing.
A zone change from general commercial and office and professional to planned development is necessary to proceed with the proposed development of about 80 acres between Main Street and Old Alvin Road, south of E. Walnut.
Approved already once on a first reading and then rejected on second reading by Council during the past year, the plan has met with opposition from some residents, including former Councilman Larry Marcott, who appeared before the council again on Monday.
“I’ve spoken to it before: I’m opposed to this,” he said. “We have a plan, and the plan does not show this as residential. It’s been worked on and worked and I see that Council and Planning and Zoning more and more are deciding the plan isn’t any good. Well, if it isn’t any good, then it needs to be modified, but not by a bunch of houses coming in.”
The proposed development includes about 200 single-family and 48 town homes, green space, pond and playground. The revised version includes more diversity in lot size, expanded open space and lower density than originally proposed.
“We think we’ve listened to what folks had to say, and we hope you agree,” said consultant Alan Mueller.
The Planning and Zoning Commission on Aug. 17 recommended the zone change 5-2.
“What you’re seeing in these proposed amendments are in response to what we heard (at the public hearing) that night,” said Kevin Cole, who represents the Baker Family Trust.
“I’ve been consistently in favor of this,” Councilman Tony Carbone said. “There’s a lot of undeveloped commercial along 35.”
“We were looking to lower the density and you’ve done that,” Councilman Greg Hill said. “I certainly like this more. In a perfect world, I would like it to be developed accordingly, but it takes someone willing to do that.”
The zone change needed for the development won’t be final until a second reading, which will be scheduled during a future council meeting. For information about meetings and agendas, visit the city’s website at www.pearlandtx.gov and click on the “government” tab.