Manvel Road joins city’s ‘overlay district’

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Pearland City Council last Monday finalized adding Manvel Road to its “corridor overlay district,” a designation with more stringent requirements for developments.

Manvel Road, or FM 1128, serves as a major north-south route for the city as well as a southern entrance, city staff said. For this reason, city leaders decided the area should be held to a higher standard.

Landscaping requirements, buffers and facade requirements are the major differences in being a corridor overlay. Existing businesses would not be affected unless they want to expand, with variances as an option.

Councilmen Keith Ordeanaux and Tony Carbone voted against the motion.

“I don’t have a problem with adding Manvel Road, I do have a problem with the Corridor Overlay District,” said Ordeneaux, who went on to explain that stipulations such as color restrictions are a government overreach.

Manvel Road, or FM 1128, encompasses three new schools and new subdivisions, and city staff reported adding the corridor to the overlay district would ensure yet-to-be developed commercial properties “will develop with minimum standards that are appropriate for a major thoroughfare that serves as a southern entryway to the city.”

Council approved a first reading of the item on Oct. 10. The move adds about 372 acres to the overlay district, including 73 acres of vacant property zoned as commercial.

Some of the elements required in the overlay district that wouldn’t have been required previously include bike racks, minimum lighting in parking areas, color and design requirements, “meandering sidewalks,” shrubbery screening and additional building facade requirements.

Pearland City Council holds regular meetings on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month.

For updated agendas, meeting video archives or other information, visit pearlandtx.gov.

Story by Nicole Jones

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