City may amend planned developments

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Communities known as “planned developments” may have new development restrictions based on a proposal being considered by city leaders.

Pearland has about 50 planned developments, specially created zoning districts meant to encourage flexible and creative planning.

City Council and Planning and Zoning in November held a joint public hearing on an amendment to all planned developments within the city.

“They are basically scattered all over the town,” says community development Director Lata Krishnarao. “Some of them are residential; some have commercial zones in them.”
The city recently approved amendments to its unified development code, she explained.
But those changes didn’t apply to planned developments approved before changes in the UDC.

“What this amendment does is make sure planned developments approved prior to these changes would benefit from changes made to the unified development code,” she told council.

The proposed change would require a conditional use permit, or CUP, for uses such as liquor and package stores, tobacco and vape shops as well as gas stations, gold exchanges, boarding houses and asphalt plants. A conditional use permit, or CUP, means each establishment would need council approval individually.

Currently, some of the uses may be permitted by right in commercial areas.

“If a use is currently permitted by the PD but is included on the list (above), then that use would require a conditional use permit,” Krishnarao said.

The change, she said, “expands the ability of the city to limit land uses that might have a negative impact on surroundings.”

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

There were no public comments regarding the item.

Pearland City Council normally meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at City Hall, 3519 Liberty Dr., beginning at 6:30 p.m. A period for public comment is provided.

Story by Nicole Jones