Planned developments topic of hearing

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Changes in development requirements are likely in the cards for communities within the city known as planned developments.

Pearland has about 50 planned developments to which recent changes in the city’s zoning rules didn’t apply. Among them are changes restricting the establishment of liquor and package stores, tobacco and vape shops to a conditional use permit, which means each new establishment would require city approval.

Up for a decision is whether to amend development requirements in all planned developments requiring approval of a conditional use permit, or CUP, for auto-related uses, gas stations, pawn shops, payday loan centers, gold exchanges, halfway and boarding houses, asphalt/concrete plants, liquor/package stores, e-cig and vape shops.

“This amendment expands the ability of the city to allow land uses that would typically have negative impacts on surroundings,” the city’s planning department Director Lata Krishnarao explained.

Readings and a possible decision on the amendments are expected to be held by City Council on Dec. 12 and Dec. 19.

Also on Monday, a workshop focused on a proposed master planned community known as Massey Oaks, to be located on about 370 acres at County Road 100 and Harkey Road.

“If approved, this proposed PD will set the tone for the future of the rest of the area,” city staff wrote in its recommendations.

Of the acreage, 275 are proposed to be residential, with 41 for detention lakes, 36 for parkland and 34 for easements and rights of way, according to city documents.

The plan includes 975 single family lots, with open space and preservation of existing mature Oak and other hardwood trees.

City staff requested more details of the planned amenities and landscaping be included in the plan, and also recommended higher standards for building elevations. Staff also recommends annexation of the entire tract be complete; part of the property already is on the city’s short-term annexation plan.

One concern city staff has is the majority of proposed lots are 55 feet wide, Krishnarao said.

“The city does have a lot of 55-foot lots,” she said.

Roadway capacity is another factor the city is looking into, she said.

“The current road network is not sufficient to handle the traffic that would be generated by this subdivision,” she said.

Staff has met with the developer to discuss improvements.

Council held a special meeting Monday to canvass returns of the general election, followed by joint public hearings with Planning and Zoning.

“We’re only seeking testimony at this time,” Mayor Tom Reid explained, adding no decisions are made during public hearings.

Among the proposals heard on Monday were:

– A request for a conditional use permit for just over 4 acres at 2932 Manvel Road to operate a tool and machine rental business. The area is zoned general commercial. City staff is recommending against the request, stating it doesn’t conform with the long-term plan of office and retail development there. Council members, however, appeared more open to its approval with landscaping and buffers that are planned.

– A request for a condition use permit for Trajan Properties LLC to open a machine shop in the Garden/O’Day Mixed Use zone. The site is located at 2106 O’Day Road.

– A request for a mini-warehouse/self storage facility at Westminister Road and Broadway Street. The request is made by Houston-based Greenspace Holdings, which is planning the first re-purposing of shipping containers for self storage.

Two other requests scheduled for public hearings on Monday were withdrawn by the applicants.

Story by Nicole Jones

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