Date:
    01/27/03
    SUBJECT: FINAL READING OF ORDINANCE NO. 2003-O-017
    Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning All of Block 2024, Eastern Division, located at 3200 Blaine St., from R-2 (Multifamily Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date. ZC-87-2002
    Initiated by: Carancahua Investments
    Staff source:
    Keith Selman, Planning Director
    Cynthia Collazo, Asst. City Manager
    Prior action: This item was introduced by Hector J. Garcia at the City Council meeting of 01/13/03.
    BACKGROUND
    Council District: II - Hector J. Garcia
    Proposed use: Commercial.
    Site: The site is vacant.
    Surrounding land uses: Although the site is located on Loop 20, the area surrounding the site is occupied by two vacant blocks and residential type uses. East of the site are Kika's restaurant, a beer run, a snowball shop, and a small beauty salon, along Loop 20. South of site are more single family residential areas and Christies Party Shop, a large vacant commercial building, and Garza's Auto Sales.
    Comprehensive Plan: The Future Land Use Map recognizes this area as Retail/Office and Low Density Residential.
    Transportation Plan: Although the Long Range Thoroughfare Plan does not recognizes Blaine St., it does identify Loop 20 as a Major Arterial and a Truck Route.
    Letters sent to surrounding property owners: 27 In Favor: 0 Opposed: 0
    STAFF COMMENTS
    The proposed zone change is appropriate at this location. Though not strictly consistent with the Comprehensive Plan, the proposed zone change is compatible with the surrounding zoning districts and the surrounding commercial land use pattern, especially along Loop 20. The intended B-1 designation is also highly compatible to this location, as this site directly abuts Loop 20, which is identified by the Long Range Thoroughfare Plan as a Major Arterial and a Truck Route.
    P&Z COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION:
    The P & Z Commission, in a 8 to 0 vote, recommended approval of the zone change.
    STAFF RECOMMENDATION:
    Staff supports the proposed zone change.

    IMPACT ANALYSIS
    B-1 (Limited Commercial District): The purpose of the B-1 is to provide for business and commercial development serving a limited geographic area or neighborhood.
    Is this change contrary to the established land use pattern?
    The established land use pattern is primarily residential and commercial.
    Would this change create an isolated zoning district unrelated to surrounding districts?
    No, the adjoining zoning districts are B-3, R-2 and R-3.
    Will change adversely influence living conditions in the neighborhood?
    Although the site is currently located within a area currently devoted to residential uses, the area has already evidenced a trend towards commercial zoning especially along the Loop.
    Are there substantial reasons why the property can not be used in accord with existing zoning? No, the current zoning allows for sufficient uses that are compatible with the immediate surrounding area.

CITY OF LAREDO ORDINANCE NO. 2003-O-017

WHEREAS, a zone change has been requested by the owners of All of Block 2024, Eastern Division, located at 3200 Blaine St., from R-2 (Multifamily Residential District) to B-1 (Limited 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 December 19, 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 January 13, 2003, 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 All of Block 2024, Eastern Division, located at 3200 Blaine St., from R-2 (Multifamily Residential District) to B-1 (Limited 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 _________________, 2003.

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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