Date:
    04/07/03
    SUBJECT: FINAL READING OF ORDINANCE NO. 2003-O-081
    Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 6, Block 191, Western Division, located at 1115 San Dario Ave., from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date. ZC-09-2003
    Initiated by:
    Antonio and Cipriana Vela Family Limited Partnership
    Staff source:
    Keith Selman, Planning Director
    Cynthia Collazo, Asst. City Manager
    Prior action: This item was introduced by Juan Ramirez at the City Council meeting of 03/24/03.
    BACKGROUND
    Council District: VIII - Juan Ramirez
    Proposed use: Commercial (a used car lot)
    Site: The site is currently vacant.
    Surrounding land uses: The land north and northeast of the site is devoted to commercial type uses including the Laredo Import Company, the Back Porch Postal Center, a Texaco gas station, El Taco Rico, Castellano's used cars, an auto trim shop, the Laredo Boys Club, and a few single family residences. East of the site are several single family residences, an Exxon and Citgo gas stations, an insurance agent's office, International Sales, DLC Fast Tax, a car wash, and several more single family residences. The area south and southeast of the site includes a mixture of residential uses, Canteras Finas, Gabriel Krauss Fine Women's Clothing, Tax Loans Service, and a nationalization of automobiles business. West of the site is I.H. 35.
    Comprehensive Plan: The Future Land Use Map recognizes this area as Retail/Office.
    Transportation Plan: San Dario is identified by the Long Range Thoroughfare Plan as a Freeway and a Truck Route.
    Letters sent to surrounding property owners: 21 In Favor: 0 Opposed: 2
    STAFF COMMENTS
    The proposed zone change is inappropriate at this location. Though technically congruous with the Future Land Use Map's commercial designation of this area, the change is inconsistent with the established primarily residential/office/retail land use pattern. The proposed change is also inconsistent with the surrounding zoning districts, which are almost uniformly B-1 west of San Dario Ave. Finally, the existing zoning is superior to the proposed designation as it compliments and supports the existing zoning boundaries and transitional zoning clearly evident in the area.
    P&Z COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION:
    The P & Z Commission, in a 8 to 0 vote, recommended denial of the zone change.
    STAFF RECOMMENDATION:
    Staff does not support the proposed zone change.

    IMPACT ANALYSIS
    B-3 (Community Business District): The purpose of the B-3 District is to provide for those businesses and services serving a trade area larger than a neighborhood, but smaller than the entire city and located primarily along minor or principal arterial streets, as classified in the Transportation Plan of the City of Laredo. It is intended for this zoning classification to exist primarily abutting minor or principal arterial streets while preserving established residential neighborhoods along such streets.
    Is this change contrary to the established land use pattern?
    Yes, the surrounding land use pattern is primarily residential/office/retail.
    Would this change create an isolated zoning district unrelated to surrounding districts?
    Yes, the site is surrounded by B-1 zoned districts with the exception of the Freeway to the west.
    Will change adversely influence living conditions in the neighborhood?
    The area would be better served by any of the less intensive uses permitted by the existing B-1 designation.
    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-081

WHEREAS, a zone change has been requested by the owners of Lot 6, Block 191, Western Division, located at 1115 San Dario Ave., from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business 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 February 20, 2003; and,

WHEREAS, the Planning and Zoning Commission, after a public hearing, has recommended denial 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 March 24, 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 Lot 6, Block 191, Western Division, located at 1115 San Dario Ave., from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business 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