By Nicole Jones
Pearland City Council on Dec. 9 approved the final reading of an ordinance that allows a number of projects in the western part of Pearland to move forward.
A first reading was approved Nov. 25. The ordinance amends the project and financing plan for Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone No. 2, allowing for a list of improvements that include an expansion of the Westside Library. TIRZ No. 2 includes the Shadow Creek Ranch area.
A Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone, or TIRZ, as they are commonly called, is a political subdivision that can levy taxes used for public improvements. There are more than 180 of such zones throughout Texas.
Located within a shopping center in Shadow Creek Ranch, the Westside Library will roughly triple in size once it moves to a planned, stand-alone building that can serve as a multi-purpose center with meeting spaces. That project is expected to be completed in 2020.
Other projects within the TIRZ include the eventual widening of FM 521.
Councilman Woody Owens asked if crosswalks in that section of town could be improved.
“There have been a couple of accidents with kids trying to cross in order to get to school on their bicycles and we’ve had several near misses over there. I was wondering if we can use any of the funds to look at crosswalks around the schools over there.”
A separate TIRZ project for sidewalks and gap fillings is under way, City Manager Clay Pearson responded.
“We can take a look at those regardless, outside of this,” he said.