Zone change paves way for homes

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Pearland City Council on Monday granted the first reading of a zone change that would allow a proposed residential development off Harkey, south of Magnolia Road in Cypress Village.

The developer requested to change a largely undeveloped 16-acre tract on Harkey Road from single family development R1 to R3, a higher density residential zone.

R-3 zoning reduces the minimum lot size from 8,800 square feet to 6,000 square feet, and the lot width from 80 feet to 60 feet.

Following recommendations of the Planning and Zoning Commission, Council instead granted a change to R-2, which would require larger lots. The first reading passed 5-0.

City staff had recommended against approval of the R3 zoning, in part because the proposal “would provide the same lot size as the previous two sections of Cypress Village,” staff documents state. “In other areas of the City, recent developments have capitalized on properties currently zoned R-3 and R-4 and are providing an overstock of similarly styled development opportunities.”

The tract is located at 3456 and 3618 Harkey Road.

Also on Monday, council awarded contracts for construction of long planned expansion of the Reflection Bay Water Reclamation Facility and approved a new set of updated bylaws for the Library Board. The bylaws had not been updated in nearly 30 years.

In the consent agenda, council cleared the second and final readings of both a zone change and conditional use permit for a day care at 5134 Bailey Road. Owners of the 4 acres requested a zone change from suburban development, a default category for newly annexed property, to office and professional. The business was among property annexed by the city last December.

Also under the consent agenda was the final OK for a conditional use permit for a gas station and convenience store at 3200 Dixie Farm Road, where a similar building already exists. The owners plan to rebuild the station with a 1,400-square-foot convenience store and 8 fuel pumps.

The city also is changing its future “comprehensive plan” document to include a much discussed “35 Corridor Redevelopment Strategy.” The plan includes a restaurant and entertainment destination, Old Town Esplanade and two business parks.

Regular council meetings are held on the second and fourth Mondays at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 3519 Liberty Dr.

Story by Nicole Jones

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