The Brenham Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday recommended approval of a rezoning request to allow a local business to expand operations.

A view of the rezoning area for land at 1150 Dixie Road.
(courtesy City of Brenham)

The commission voted in favor of changing the zoning at 1150 Dixie Road, which belongs to Brannon Industrial Group/Premier Metal Buyers, from Local Business Residential Mixed Use to Industrial Use.

The tract in question is a 3.77-acre portion of a 6.9 acre tract on the east side of Dixie Road, south of Confederate Lane and neighboring the business property of Premier Metal Buyers at 1555 Highway 36 North.

The business intends to relocate in the long-term to near Blue Bell Creameries across town, but until it does, it will use the additional 3.77 acres for extra storage, fleet parking and vehicle/machine circulation.  The company has proposed an 8-foot metal screening fence along the perimeter to help provide a visual screen.

The remaining acreage will serve as a buffer between the subject tract and the Vintage Farms subdivisions.  It will stay zoned for Local Business Residential Mixed Use in order to be utilized as a business office.

The Brenham City Council will hold a public hearing and take action on the commission's recommendation at meetings on December 1 and December 15.

Click here to view the agenda packet for Monday's meeting.


  1. Planning and zoning recommends expanding the loud, smelly disgusting junkyard that is in the middle of residential and office space. The change to industrial is PERMANENT, so even if Premier Metal Buyers moves out, it can stay industrial. Come to the city council 12/1, 1pm, for the public hearings and let them know how you feel about this.

      1. They are definitely in on the boards, and planning. They handle the waste, recycling, etc.
        I would bet a person of the year, then commissioner or mayor?
        They might be right as rain, but there is much room to worry, if you ask me, in my opinion, that is.

    1. That’s kind of like building a house next to an airport, then complaining about the noisy jets. I do believe Premier Metals was there long before any residential neighborhood popped up, or was even planned.

      1. There have been a few residences close by to that location for over 60 years, and at that time it was a decently good distance from town. Country Place Northwest was certainly developed prior to Premier Metals arriving on the scene, but I doubt that’s where the issues come from. Certainly, the development on the inside of the loop as well as the other on the outside back toward 290 are of recent origins. When the loop was placed around Brenham, manufacturing businesses looked at that as a blessing for transportation of goods both in and out of their facilities, but now that housing developments are springing up everywhere, there is only the land left which is bordering on the loop for close-in locations. The large chunk of property directly across the road from Premier is now for sale, and my guess is that a housing developer is looking at that and it will be sold and more houses will go in there. When people buy houses there it will be their decision, and they’ll have to deal with what conditions go along with living near a metal recycling plant, whether it be noise pollution, environmental pollution, or added traffic. No long-term planning from decades ago has led to the situations Brenham finds itself in currently.

      2. FYI Mr.Chasm,
        There is a residential neighborhood bordering the North edge of Premier’s property that was there LONG before premier metal moved there.

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