Council approves zoning change requests

By George Slaughter, News Editor
Posted 7/7/22

The Katy City Council June 27 approved a zoning change request, from residential to commercial, for 20.12 acres of land near the intersection of Spring Green Boulevard and Crossover Road.

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Council approves zoning change requests

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The Katy City Council June 27 approved a zoning change request, from residential to commercial, for 20.12 acres of land near the intersection of Spring Green Boulevard and Crossover Road.

The council passed the ordinance after a brief public hearing at which only one citizen, Julia Jensen, spoke. She said her home backed up to the property in question. She expressed concerns about the light and sound pollution, and increased traffic, that a potential business might bring. She wondered if the land could be used for other purposes.

Ward A Council Member Dan Smith said the city annexed the land in October 2021. The land previously had been under the extraterritorial jurisdiction of the City of Houston and was not subject to Katy zoning requirements. He said land annexed by the City of Katy is zoned as residential by default.

In a memo to the council urging approval of the zoning request, City Planner Rachel Lazo wrote that a council resolution, approved in January 2020, authorized a development agreement between the city and Davoody M & J, LLC. This agreement included a provision that the property would be designed commercial upon annexation, Lazo wrote.

Smith said asked City Attorney Art Pertile if the zoning change would reflect the latest city restrictions, namely, no sexually-oriented businesses, tobacco or vape shops. Pertile said that was correct.

Council Member-at-Large and Mayor Pro Tem Chris Harris said the property is at the edge of the Katy city limits.

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