New housing development is in the works by Brenham Elementary School.
Brenham’s Development Services Department has received a rezoning request for land north of the elementary school, and east of Blue Bell Road and Highway 36 North.
The proposed subdivision, coined Liberty Village, would have approximately 330 single family homes, along with a ten-acre tract for commercial development at the corner of Highway 36 and Blue Bell Road.
The announcement was made at the Washington County Chamber of Commerce Lunch and Learn session Tuesday, held at the Nancy Carol Roberts Memorial Library. Development Services Director Stephanie Doland spoke at the luncheon, discussing the city’s rising population and subsequent need for housing.
Citing data from the city’s Comprehensive Plan process, including population projections and existing home data, Doland said the city needs 1,271 more housing units.
Using the Ralston Creek Estates as an example, by multiplying the 116 single-family lots in Ralston Creek with the average household size of 2.37, about 275 residents live in Ralston Creek.
If the city has a need to house 3,012 new residents, that means the city would need approximately 11 new subdivisions the size of Ralston Creek, in order to accommodate further growth.
Doland said the Liberty Village subdivision comes as a direct response to—and should help greatly with—the city’s growing need for housing.
Doland said the subdivision is in preliminary stages, so it is not yet known what type of housing it will provide. However, through feedback received by the Development Services Department, the city is potentially looking at a lot of first-time home buyers.
The Liberty Village rezoning request will be considered by Planning and Zoning Commissioners at their meeting on December 16th, then by the Brenham City Council in January 2020.