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Council to hear controversial rezoning request Tuesday

Written by InsideDP.com Staff. Posted in News

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City council will host a joint public hearing Tuesday regarding a rezoning request that has drawn the ire of many Deer Park residents. The joint public hearing is slated for 7:30 p.m. at City Hall, 710 E. San Augustine.

Luella PasGoogle maps.A joint public hearing of the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Deer Park City Council will take place on Tuesday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m. concerning a rezoning request for property located at the intersection of East Pasadena Boulevard and Luella Avenue.

According to Larry Brotherton, the City of Deer Park Building Official, representatives of the property owner of Lot 16A Deer Park Outlot (commonly known as the southwest corner of the East Pasadena Boulevard and Luella Avenue intersection) are requesting to rezone the property from Single Family 1 (SF-1) to General Commercial (GC) with the intended purpose to construct a convenience store with gasoline sales. While the applicant states that the intended purpose is a convenience store with gasoline sales, if the rezoning is approved anything allowed under the General Commercial (GC) zoning would be allowed.

As the property is located in a dry area, packaged alcohol sales for off-premise consumption would not permitted.

This joint public hearing follows a preliminary public hearing held by the Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday, April 3. Following the hearing, the Planning and Zoning Commission recommended that City Council not approve the rezone request.

The joint public hearing will be held in the Council chambers of City Hall, located at 710 E. San Augustine.

The City of Deer Park’s zoning ordinance permits property owners or an authorized representative (i.e. an attorney or property manager) to request that the zoning of a piece of property be changed for its type of use.

To complete the application for amendment, the applicant – in this case, authorized representatives of the property owner – must submit the following items:

The preliminary public hearing referenced above is the first step in this and any other rezoning process.

Once a rezoning application is submitted and the preliminary public hearing is set, notice is not only provided to all residents within a 200-foot radius of the property, but also published at least 10 days prior to the date of such hearing.

Following the initial hearing, the results are then communicated to City Council and a joint public hearing of the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council is scheduled.

In the case of Lot 16A, City Council set the time and date for the joint public hearing with the Planning and Zoning Commission for next Tuesday, May 16 prior to the regularly scheduled Council meeting.

After this joint public hearing, the final step would be a City Council vote to approve or deny the rezone requested.

For more information, visit the City of Deer Park’s online code of ordinances at https://www.municode.com/library/tx/deer_park/codes/code_of_ordinances.