The Brenham Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended adopting narrower parking spaces.

At their meeting Monday, Planning and Zoning Commissioners approved adopting a slate of changes to city ordinance. These changes call for the reduction of minimum parking space stall dimensions and establishing of minimum parking space size for compact cars.

City Planning Technician Kim Hodde said these proposed changes came after multiple requests for the city to change minimum parking space requirements for perpendicular—or 90-degree—parking spaces. The city is expecting to see an increase in the number of building permits for residential and commercial development in the next 12 to 18 months.

City staff say the city’s current minimum parking size requirements, which are 10 feet by 20 feet, are larger than average. Commissioners recommended reducing the existing parking dimensions to 9 feet by 20 feet.

Commissioners also approved a request from Blinn College to amend the zoning on seven tracts of college-owned land, totaling about 2.3 acres. The commission recommended the land be rezoned from local business/residential mixed use to commercial, research and technology use.

Also in session, commissioners approved a zoning change at 1708 Highway 105, where Circle K is planning a new convenience store. They recommended the land be rezoned to commercial research and technology use, from local business and residential mixed use.

The rezoning requests, along with the proposed parking changes, will be brought up before Brenham City Council on August 1st.

Click here to view the packet from Monday's meeting.

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