Council to finalize UDC changes

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City Council is expected to vote to finalize an update to Pearland city codes at an upcoming meeting. Council on Aug. 22 approved the first of two readings of an ordinance changing city codes to allow, for one, redevelopment of the former Alvin Community College property.

“It’s a living document,” Councilman Trent Perez said of the city’s universal development code, or UDC, as it is known. There’s always a need for changes as development changes.”

Changes to the UDC’s land use matrix include allowing community gardens to sell produce grown on site, facilitating reuse of older buildings for gymnasium and athletic facilities and restricting boarding and rooming houses.

Also clarified are landscaping requirements, and a “suburban development district,” a default zoning for newly annexed areas, is omitted. Office-warehouse uses are amended to include a minimum percentage of office vs. warehouse.

“We did pull back the Manvel corridor overlay district; we will bring that before you at a later time,” City Manager Clay Pearson said, referring to an item adding FM 1128 to the city’s corridor overlay district.

That discussion will likely take place Sept. 12, staff said.

A section of the updates are corrections of errors and omissions, staff said as well as clarifications, such as specifying a minimum percentage of office space for the “office warehouse” use to distinguish it from the “warehouse and distribution” use.

At the Aug. 1 meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission, P&Z Commissioner Mary Starr made a motion to recommend approval of the proposed amendments.

Story by Nicole Jones

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