Navasota’s Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) met in a regular session Thursday, March 28, finalizing recommendations for barndominiums, rezoning Agriculture Open (A/O) properties in the Piedmont/Victoria Street area and acting on the preliminary site plan for an RV dealership.
In December 2018, P&Z drafted an ordinance addressing the construction of barndominiums within the city limits. Requirements included construction be limited to a 2.5-acre minimum lot, with nonmetallic siding on the front and side exterior walls and permitted only in A/O Districts.
According to Community Development Director Lupe Diosdado, the original proposed regulation was amended due to the “complexity of defining barndominiums without adversely affecting other structures.”
The proposed amendment clarifies that “the use of corrugated metal and/or metal siding on exterior walls is hereby prohibited” within the A/O District, Residential Districts R-1A, R-1B, R-1C, R-2, R-3, the Historic Overlay District on Washington Avenue, Business Districts B-1, B-2 as well as the Central Business District.
Exceptions include: mobile or manufactured homes in designated mobile home park areas; federal, state, municipal or school district owned structures; accessory buildings under 250 square feet; and commercial buildings granted special authority by the P&Z Commission.
There were no comments for or against the amendment during the public hearing.
One resident spoke during the public hearing regarding the rezoning of eight properties in the Piedmont/Victoria t area. Four of eight properties were zoned A/O and B-1 and one property was zoned A/O, B-1 and B-2. The remaining three were wholly zoned A/O.
P&Z approved city staff’s recommendation to rezone three of the properties to B-1 General Business, two to R-3 High Density, Multi-Dwelling Unit and one to R-1A High Density, Single Dwelling Unit.
Upon hearing testimony from the property owner, P&Z approved rezoning that particular property and the adjoining property to R-3 at this time.
Two additional properties discussed are within the 100-year flood plain and will remain A/O.
RV site plan approved
The preliminary site plan for the T&S RV & Sport Dealership to be located on 4.99 acres at 9920 Highway 6 Loop South met the current code of ordinances with a few exceptions.
P&Z approved a fee-in-lieu of sidewalks along Highway 6 totaling $10,308.84 and a metal exterior finish on the rear half of the building. In addition, overhead primary power lines will be permitted along the southern property line but power lines to the business will be underground. The commission’s approval also included a contingency related to drainage requirements.
The next regularly scheduled P&Z meeting is at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 11, in city council chambers at 200 E. McAlpine.