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Setback language gets second look by P&Z

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The Navasota Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) held a Regular Meeting Thursday, July 23, and conducted a workshop to further clarify language related to zoning setbacks. The amended regulations were sent back to P&Z after city council members asked for more clarity and uniformity in the language at their June 8 meeting.

Since this meeting was a workshop, no action was taken, and the revised amendment will be placed on a future P&Z agenda for a vote before it goes back before city council.

According to the revised proposed amendment, setbacks for a single or two-dwelling unit residential development in a B-1, General Business District must conform as follows: front setback, 25-feet; rear setback; 20-feet, side setback, 7-feet or 10% of the lot width, whichever is greater, with street setback, 20-feet.

In the R-2 and R-3 residential zoning districts, all lots that average 50-feet wide or less between the front and rear building lines, setback requirements will be as follows: front setback, 25-feet; rear setback, 20-feet; side setback, 7-feet; street setback, 20-feet.

Community Development Director Lupe Diosdado speaking for city staff, said “This really simplifies it for us and makes it a lot easier for us to interpret these codes when it’s just clear and precise.”

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Commissioners approved the July 9 Minutes. Present were Dia Copeland, James Harris, Carolyn Katkoski, Patty Tokoly and Todd Wisner. Randy Peters joined remotely. Dr. John Walla was absent. Representing the City was Lupe Diosdado, Community Development Director.

P&Z meets the second and fourth Thursday at 6 p.m. in city council chambers at 200 E. McAlpine Street. The schedule for P&Z meetings and meeting videos is available at https://