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Council unanimously denies controversial rezoning request

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in News

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Deer Park City Council unanimously denied a rezoning request that raised concerns for residents living in the area of Luella and E. Pasadena Boulevard. The denial was part of a busy evening for council, which included a joint public hearing, recognizing a local Boy Scout troop and honoring first responders.

2017counciloathDeer Park Mayor Jerry Mouton administers the oath of office to Councilmembers Sherry Garrison, Thane Harrison and Tommy Ginn. The mayor and councilmembers were each reelected to two-year terms following the results of the May 6 municipal elections. Photo by Bobby Vasquez.A controversial rezoning request that angered residents living near the intersection of Luella and E. Pasadena Boulevard was unanimously denied by Deer Park City Council.

After a joint public hearing with the planning and zoning commission where residents spoke against the issue, council denied the request of Kit Maybin, Charles Maybin and Zulfiquar Karedia to rezone the southwest corner of E. Pasadena Boulevard and Luella Avenue from Single Family 1 (SF-1) to General Commercial (GC) to construct a convenience store with gasoline sales.

No one wishing to speak for the request came before council and the commission during the hearing.

Council also honored Boy Scout Troop 268 and presented a proclamation celebrating the troop’s 75th anniversary. The troop is charted at Deer Park United Methodist Church.

During the meeting, council also unanimously approved the appointment of Ray Balusek and Doug Cox to the Planning and Zoning Commission/Board of Adjustment; Gerald Cothran and Virginia Smith as alternates to P&Z; and TJ Haight, Glenda Jo Keifer and Sherry Redwine to the parks and recreation commission.

Council also agreed to conditions for a contract for a concert featuring Country & Western star Raelynn. Growing up in Baytown, she gained notoriety by appearing on Season 2 of NBC’s The Voice. She has released four Top 40 singles since then, including her hits “God Made Girls” and “Love Triangle.” Efforts to secure RaeLynn as our featured entertainment have been spearheaded by Deer Park Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Tim Culp.