Date:
    05/05/03
    SUBJECT: FINAL READING OF ORDINANCE NO. 2003-O-108
    Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 30.20 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit "A", located approximately at the 3300 block of Clark Blvd., from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) and R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date. ZC-13-2003
    Initiated by:
    Haynes, Ltd.
    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 04/21/03.
    BACKGROUND
    Council District: II - Hector J. Garcia
    Proposed use: Commercial (no specific use given)
    Site: The site is currently vacant and undeveloped.
    Surrounding land uses: The areas south, and east are vacant, undeveloped land. The area north of the site includes the Webb County Appraisal District, a few vacant lots, and more single family residences. The area immediately west of the site is occupied by a large complex of recently constructed apartments. Farther to the west of Ejido Ave. lies an area of predominantly single family residential uses, including mobile homes, and a few apartment complexes.
    Comprehensive Plan: The Future Land Use Map recognizes this area as Medium Density Residential, and Park/Recreational Open Space.
    Transportation Plan: The Long Range Thoroughfare Plan identifies Clark Blvd. as a Major Arterial.
    Letters sent to surrounding property owners: 6 In Favor: 1 Opposed: 0
    STAFF COMMENTS
    The proposed zone change is appropriate at this location. Though inconsistent with the Comprehensive Plan's designation for this area, the propose zone change is consistent with the B-3 zoning trend evident along this portion of Clark Blvd. The site also meets the B-3 location requirement stipulating that B-3 zoned areas be located primarily along minor or principal arterial streets, as classified by the Transportation Plan of the City of Laredo. Furthermore, existing and future residential areas to the south will be buffered from the commercial uses allowed by the proposed B-3 designation by the creek running along the sites southern boundary and the legally required fencing.
      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-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?
      The only commercial activity in immediate area is the Webb County Appraisal District offices located northeast of the site.
      Would this change create an isolated zoning district unrelated to surrounding districts?
      No, the surrounding zoning districts are AG, R-1, R-2, and B-3.
      Will change adversely influence living conditions in the neighborhood?
      No, there is little or no established residential development in the immediate vicinity of this site.
      Are there substantial reasons why the property can not be used in accord with existing zoning? No, the existing zoning allows for sufficient uses compatible with the surrounding area.

    CITY OF LAREDO ORDINANCE NO. 2003-O-108

    WHEREAS, a zone change has been requested by the owners of 30.20 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit "A", located approximately at the 3300 block of Clark Blvd., from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) and R-2 (Multi-Family Residential 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 March 20, 2003; 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 April 21, 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 30.20 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit "A", located approximately at the 3300 block of Clark Blvd., from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) and R-2 (Multi-Family Residential 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.

    ______________________

    ELIZABETH G. FLORES

    MAYOR

    ATTEST:

    _______________________

    GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR.

    CITY SECRETARY

    APPROVED AS TO FORM:

    JAIME FLORES

    CITY ATTORNEY

    ____________________________

    BY: ALLAN W. MCGRAW

    ASSISTANT CITY ATTORNEY