The Brenham City Council will review a rezoning request from a local business at its meeting Thursday, its first meeting of 2023.

A view of the subject property to be considered for
rezoning at Thursday’s Brenham City Council
(courtesy City of Brenham)

The request comes from Brannon Industrial Group/Premier Metal Buyers, who wishes to change the zoning at 1150 Dixie Road from Local Business Residential Mixed Use to Industrial Use.  The land tract in question is a 3.77-acre portion of 6.9 acres on the east side of Dixie Road, south of Confederate Lane and neighboring the business property of Premier Metal Buyers at 1555 Highway 36 North.

The business plans to relocate in the long-term to near Blue Bell Creameries, but until then, it intends to use the 3.77 acres for extra storage, fleet parking and vehicle/machine circulation.  The company has proposed an 8-foot metal screening fence along the perimeter to provide a visual screen.  The remaining acreage would serve as a buffer between the subject tract and the Vintage Farms subdivisions.  It would stay zoned for Local Business Residential Mixed Use to be used as a business office. 

The Brenham Planning and Zoning Commission gave its recommendation in favor of the rezoning at its meeting on November 21st.  The council previously took up the topic on December 1st, but after discussion, it opted to table the request in order to allow more time to weigh potential impacts to surrounding properties and further evaluate the extent of the city’s authority in the extraterritorial jurisdiction.

Also on Thursday, the council will hold a public hearing before acting on a specific use permit request from Chris and Deanna Marek to allow an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) in an R-2 Mixed Residential Use zoning district.  The unit would be located on a 0.386-acre lot at 604 South Baylor Street, and would be intended for use to accommodate guests and as a short-term rental. 

The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended passage at its meeting on December 19th, with the conditions that the tract of land be replatted from two lots into one residential lot, and that a proposed off-street parking area and driveway be made with either asphalt or pavement.

The council will meet Thursday at 1 p.m. at Brenham City Hall.

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