A set of recommended changes to the City of Brenham’s zoning ordinance will go before city councilmembers next week after being given the go-ahead on Monday by the Planning and Zoning Commission.
The revisions consist of suggestions from the city-appointed housing task force and are meant to accommodate new development and modernize development requirements with a goal of expanding Brenham’s available housing options.
One of the proposals is to change R-1 single-family residential zoning to allow duplexes and twin homes with specific use permits, meaning they would need to be approved by the commission and the city council. City of Brenham Project Planner Shauna Laauwe said there are larger lots that could be appropriate for such development.
Another recommendation is to adjust R-2 mixed residential zoning to allow accessory dwelling units (ADUs) and twin homes as permitted uses and including parameters for twin home and townhome developments. Laauwe said the ADUs would still have to meet all necessary standards, but they would no longer need to come before the commission for approval.
Other amendments that were endorsed include clarifying the definition of food truck sites to prohibit the storing of food trucks on residential property; deleting information on noise regulations that duplicates or contradicts the noise nuisance ordinance; and removing provisions that allow conditions to be placed upon variance requests.
The city council will discuss the proposed changes when it meets on August 3rd.
On the consent agenda, commissioners approved requests from Gregory Appel and John Appel Rental Partnership for preliminary and final plats creating five lots totaling 1.61 acres west of Timber Oaks Drive and southwest of Oak Crest Lane.