Date:
    06/02/03
    SUBJECT: FINAL READING OF ORDINANCE NO. 2003-O-124
    Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 42.44 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit "A", located approximately at the 2600 block of Del Mar Blvd., from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date. ZC-24-2003
    Initiated by:
    D & J. Alexander Management, L.P.
    Staff source:
    Keith Selman, Planning Director
    Cynthia Collazo, Asst. City Manager
    Prior action: This item was introduced by Eliseo Vladez, Jr. at the City Council meeting of 05/19/03.
    BACKGROUND
    Council District: V - Eliseo Valdez, Jr.
    Proposed use: Commercial/Multifamily
    Site: The site is currently vacant and undeveloped.
    Surrounding land uses: The areas to the north and south of the site are vacant and undeveloped land. East of the site are the D & J Alexander subdivision and a Citgo gas station, a mini storage facility and an office type building lie to the west.
    Comprehensive Plan: The Future Land Use Map recognizes this area as Retail/Office.
    Transportation Plan: The Long Range Thoroughfare Plan identifies Del Mar Blvd. as a Modified Major Arterial.
    Letters sent to surrounding property owners: 24 In Favor: 0 Opposed: 0
    STAFF COMMENTS
    The proposed zone change is appropriate at this location. The proposed zoning is consistent with the Comprehensive Plan's designation for this area and the existing land use pattern which is commercial to the west and southwest. Though there are existing and proposed residential developments to the east and south, these areas shall be adequately buffered by the approximately 170 foot drainage easement running along the site's eastern and southern boundary. The site also meets the B-3 location requirement which stipulates 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.
            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-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 Citgo gas station, a mini storage facility and an office type building lie to the west.
            Would this change create an isolated zoning district unrelated to surrounding districts?
            No, the surrounding zoning districts are R-1 and B-3.
            Will change adversely influence living conditions in the neighborhood?
            No, the existing residential development to the east shall be buffered from this proposed commercial area by the approximately 170 foot drainage easement running along the site's eastern and southern boundary.
            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-124

          WHEREAS, a zone change has been requested by the owners of 42.44 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit "A", located approximately at the 2600 block of Del Mar Blvd., from R-1 (Single 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 April 21, 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 May 19, 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 42.44 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit "A", located approximately at the 2600 block of Del Mar Blvd., from R-1 (Single 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