This proposed ordinance amends the City of Baytown's (the "City") official zoning map to rezone approximately 42.06 acres of a 58.7 acre tract, located on the southwest corner of Interstate Highway 10 and Sjolander Road, legally described as Tract 1K, Abstract 954, A Smith, Harris County, Texas, from an Open Space/Recreation (OR) Zoning District to a Light Industrial (LI) Zoning District.
In November 2013, approximately 16.64 acres of the 58.7 acre tract was rezoned from OR to LI. The applicant is proposing to rezone the remainder land to LI in order to construct a business park with a dozen, freestanding buildings ranging in size from 15,000 square feet to 50,000 square feet.
The Future Land Use Plan (FLUP) was amended in August 2019 from Commercial Corridor to Business Park in this area to allow more intense uses and light industrial zoning. However, during the public hearing process with the Planning and Zoning Commission, many nearby residents voiced concerns about the proposed development. Their concerns related to exacerbating existing traffic issues and the gateway to Baytown giving the impression that Baytown is nothing but industrial. Ideas to mitigate those concerns were also discussed, including but not limited to, providing larger and denser buffers along the ROW's, limiting access and truck movement along Sjolander and requiring some commercial development along IH-10. The Planning and Zoning Commission agreed and voted not to recommend the rezoning amendment to LI.
The City Council held a public hearing on this application at its meeting on May 14, 2020.
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