At their noon meeting today (Monday), the Brenham Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved an amendment to the city’s Code of Ordinances that would allow Car Washes as a specific use in the B-1 or Local Business Residential Mixed-Use Zoning District. The amendment now goes to City Council at their August 19th meeting for their approval.
This all came about at the beginning of June because the new owners of the property at 1413 West Main Street were interested in building an automatic car wash on the site. City staff advised them that a car wash was not an approved for the B1 zoning, only a car detailing shop was approved. The option of adding a car wash as a specific use was discussed by the Planning and Zoning Commission and by City Council. City staff was directed to prepare the amendment text to add car wash to the list of specific use permits of the B-1 District. If passed by the City Council next week, the owners would still need to apply for a special use permit to build a car wash at 1413 West Main Street. At that time, city staff can add screening and buffer setbacks, as well as height limits. Prior to the item going to the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council for their approval, property owners within 200 feet will be notified for their feedback.
In other action, the commission approved the Final Plat for 6 acres at 611 and 613 East Blue Bell Road. The property did not have a recorded plat, and one is needed for future development.