The Brenham Planning and Zoning Commission will take up the potential rezoning of 20 properties at its meeting Monday.
Commissioners will consider rezoning properties located on approximately 12.1 acres of land on or next to Clinton Street, Seelhorst Street, South Chappell Hill Street, Dark Street, and Mills Street. If approved, the zoning would change from a Commercial Research and Technology Use (B-2) District to a Local Business/Residential Mixed Use (B-1) District.
According to the agenda packet, city officials have received numerous calls over the last four months from single-family homeowners on Dark Street who have stated their need for renovations or possible demolition and reconstruction.
However, the properties are located within a B-2 District that does not allow single-family homes as either a permitted or specific use; therefore, the homes are considered to be legally nonconforming uses or structures. As legal nonconforming structures, buildings can undergo routine repairs and alterations, but cannot construct additions or remove and rebuild.
The city officially first adopted a zoning ordinance in 1968. In April of 1996, a new comprehensive zoning ordinance went into effect, restructuring many of the previous zoning ordinance district use designations into what is generally still used today. Prior to April 1996, the B-2 District allowed residential uses that included single-family and two-family homes.
City staff are recommending approval of the rezoning.
Also at Monday’s meeting, the Commission will review a request to replat Lots 10 and 11 of the Gun and Rod Circle subdivision to create Lot 10A, containing 1.019 acres of land at 2431 Gun and Rod Circle.
The Commission will meet Monday evening at 5:15 p.m. at Brenham City Hall.