CS Council Split Vote Denies Commercial Zoning on Wellborn RoadFeatured Stories, News Thursday, November 21st, 2013
The College Station city council decided on a split vote that property originally purchased to be a church north of Wellborn will not be rezoned to commercial.
Six years ago, the Brazos Valley Church of Christ purchased five acres along Wellborn Road between Fitch and Barron. After building on Graham Road, J.L. Taylor says no one wants to build homes on the land for sale.111413-Comments-from-JL-Taylor.mp3
But a neighboring homeowner, Fiona Tizard-Meyer, said rezoning could start a precedent towards more commercial development.111413-Comments-from-Fiona-Tizard-Meyer.mp3
Councilwoman Julie Schultz, who suggested surrounding homeowners buy the land to control its use, recalled the days when commercial development first started along Harvey Road and University.111413-Comments-about-the-rezoning-from-Julie-Schultz.mp3
James Benham joined Schultz and Mayor Nancy Berry in voting for rezoning the five acres to general commercial.111413-Comments-from-James-Benham.mp3
Councilman John Nichols pointed to College Station’s comprehensive plan, which calls for limiting commercial development to allow Wellborn Road south of Fitch to be widened in the future.111413-Comments-from-John-Nichols.mp3
Voting against general commercial were Nichols, Karl Mooney, Blanche Brick, and Steve Aldrich.
Mooney joined Nichols in suggesting the church seek a switch to the more restrictive suburban commercial zoning classification.111413-Comments-from-Karl-Mooney.mp3
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