Thursday, February 22, 2018

Historic landmark status for museum up for action by Longview planning and zoning commission

By Jimmy Daniell Isaac
Jan. 29, 2018 at 11:46 p.m.

Longview's Planning and Zoning Commission will consider a local historic landmark designation for the Gregg County Historical Museum at its meeting today.

Longview's Planning and Zoning Commission could take action today that would help the Gregg County Historical Museum save money on an upcoming repair project.

Planning and Zoning commissioners will consider a local historic landmark designation for the museum. The commission also will hear rezone requests for proposed developments along McCann Road, Gilmer Road and Hawkins Parkway.

Zoning regulates how property in the city may be used, and the city's Planning and Zoning Division is responsible for assisting with zoning changes.

Gregg County Historical Museum — located in the 107-year-old Everett Building on Fredonia Street in downtown Longview — is seeking a landmark designation that already won support from the city's Historic Preservation Commission on Jan. 2.

City Planner Angela Choy said the designation would allow the city to waive permit fees for the museum's upcoming north wall repair project.

Planning commissioners also will consider as many as seven other zoning applications, with public hearings to be held on each request.

Among the applications is a request from Johnson & Pace engineering firm to rezone 5.645 acres southwest of the McCann Road-Spring Hill Road intersection to make way for a self-storage mini-warehouse. The location is currently zoned for multifamily and planned development. Also, city staff will recommend amending the city's future land use map from office to retail at that location.

"Staff is recommending the future land use map be amended to provide more opportunity for retail development along this collector roadway," according to city staff. "Adjacent residential neighborhoods will still be protected through the site plan review process and by implementing the landscape, screening and buffer requirements currently within the city's zoning ordinance."

Other zoning applications:

Brownstone Ventures, of Houston, wants to rezone nearly 6 acres at the northeast corner of Fairmont Street and Gilmer Road to build as many as 76 multi-family apartment units, according to city records. Brownstone says it has an option to purchase the property that surrounds a bank at that corner.

St. Mary's Catholic Church on Ridgewood Drive is asking commissioners to rezone about two-thirds of an acre from single-family residential to planned development so that it can build a columbarium, which is a building or room for funeral urns.

Premiere Management is seeking a replat of as many as seven commercial lots southwest of Hawkins Parkway and Fourth Street.

Keene Guidry will ask commissioners to rezone about 2 acres at the southwest corner of Forest Square and McCann Road from planned development to general retail. In his application to the city, Guidry said he's seeking the rezone for construction of a strip center.



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