Date:
    01/13/03
    SUBJECT: FINAL READING OF ORDINANCE NO. 2003-O-002
    Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 3.2485 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit "A", located at 7060 San Bernardo Ave., from B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date. ZC-75-2002
    Initiated by:
    Kal-Dean Industries
    Staff source:
    Keith Selman, Planning Director
    Cynthia Collazo, Asst. City Manager
    Prior action: This item was introduced by Jose A. Valdez, Jr. at the City Council meeting of 12/16/02.
    BACKGROUND
    Council District: VII - Jose A. Valdez, Jr.
    Proposed use: Commercial (a hotel, restaurant and bar)
    Site: The site is currently occupied by the Executive House Hotel, it's restaurant and those facilities previously used as a bar.
    Note: Although this location's bar facilities have previously held a legal nonconforming status, the bar ceased it's activity for a period greater than six months and has therefore lost it's legal nonconforming privileges. The applicant now wishes to recommence bar activities on site and requires a zone change in order to legally resume operations.
    Surrounding land uses: North of site are IBC and the Sames Collision Center. West of the site are the International Trade Line Corporation and a large complex of warehouses. South and east of the site are Alamo Pottery, a large vacant tract and Interstate Hwy. 35.
    Comprehensive Plan: The Future Land Use Map recognizes this area as Retail/Office.
    Transportation Plan: The Long Range Thoroughfare Plan does not identify San Bernardo Ave. at this location.
    Letters sent to surrounding property owners: 19 In Favor: 0 Opposed: 0
    STAFF COMMENTS
    The proposed zone change is appropriate for this location. The proposed use is consistent with the Comprehensive Plan, and the surrounding zoning and land use patterns. The site also meets all the B-4 lot location, size, and width requirements.
    P&Z COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION:
    The P & Z Commission, in a 9 to 0 vote, recommended approval of the zone change.
    STAFF RECOMMENDATION:
    Staff supports the proposed zone change.

    IMPACT ANALYSIS
    B-4 (Highway Commercial District): The purpose of the B-4 District is to provide for those businesses and services serving a regional area which are to be located primarily along principal (major) arterial streets or the freeway, as classified in the Transportation Plan of the City of Laredo. It is intended for this zoning classification to exist primarily along principal arterial streets or the freeway and to impose site development regulations to ensure adequate access of all uses within this classification.
    Is this change contrary to the established land use pattern?
    No. The established land use pattern along this section of San Bernardo is completely commercial.
    Would this change create an isolated zoning district unrelated to surrounding districts?
    No. The adjoining zoning districts are B-3 and B-4.
    Will change adversely influence living conditions in the neighborhood?
    No. There currently exist several other intensively commercial uses in this area.
    Are there substantial reasons why the property can not be used in accord with existing zoning? No, the existing zoning allows for sufficient uses that are compatible with the surrounding area.

CITY OF LAREDO ORDINANCE NO. 2003-O-002

WHEREAS, a zone change has been requested by the owners of 3.2485 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit "A", located at 7060 San Bernardo Ave., from B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); and,

WHEREAS, the required written notices were sent to surrounding property owners at least ten (10) days before the public hearing held before the Planning and Zoning Commission on November 21, 2002; and,

WHEREAS, the Planning and Zoning Commission, after a public hearing, has recommended approval of the proposed zone change; and,

WHEREAS, notice of the zone change request was advertised in the newspaper at least fifteen (15) days prior to the public hearing held before the City of Laredo City Council on this matter; and,

WHEREAS, the City Council has held a public hearing on December 16, 2002, on the request and finds the zone change appropriate and consistent with the General Plan of the City of Laredo; and,

WHEREAS, the City Council does not consider the impact, if any, of private covenants and deed restrictions on the subject property with the adoption of this ordinance; and,

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LAREDO THAT:

Section 1: The Zoning Map of the City of Laredo be and is hereby amended by rezoning 3.2485 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit "A", located at 7060 San Bernardo Ave., from B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District).

Section 2: This ordinance shall be published in a manner provided by Section 2.09 (D) of the Charter of the City of Laredo.

Section 3: This ordinance shall become effective as and from the date of publication specified in Section 2.

PASSED BY THE CITY COUNCIL AND APPROVED BY THE MAYOR ON THIS THE __________ DAY OF _________________, 2002.

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ELIZABETH G. FLORES

MAYOR

ATTEST:

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GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR.

CITY SECRETARY

APPROVED AS TO FORM:

JAIME FLORES

CITY ATTORNEY

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BY: ALLAN W. MCGRAW

ASSISTANT CITY ATTORNEY