New Traffic Signal
The Planning and Zoning Commission approved a recommendation to Baytown City Council to install a new traffic signal at Marketplace Drive and Garth Road.
The traffic signal was at the request of Fidelis Group since this would be an entrance to the forthcoming San Jacinto Marketplace development.
According to the developer’s traffic engineer, a fully-actuated traffic signal is recommended at this intersection to help facilitate access and egress.
If approved by council, this would be the fourth traffic light on Garth Road between Interstate 10 and Independence Boulevard.
Special Use Permit
The Planning and Zoning Commission approved a special use permit for the continuation of a nonconforming use after the business recently burned in a fire.
Exquisite Hair, located at 12 N. Jones St., first opened in the 1990s and has been operating in a commercial capacity. But a structure fire in 2018, caused fire damage on about 71% of the structure, totaling $41,000.
City staff also recommended the parking spaces be removed from the city right-of-way, forcing clientele to utilize street parking; the completion of the sidewalk within the public right-of-way from the terminus of sidewalk along W. James Avenue to connect with terminated sidewalk east of the property; and opaque screening between 410 N. Jones St. and 412 N. Jones St. to ensure additional compatibility.
The item will go before Baytown City Council for final approval.
Land Use amendment
The Planning and Zoning Commission approved an amendment that extends the business park designation to the northeast intersection of Interstate 10 and Sjolander Road.
According to city documents, the subject area is of interest because the City of Baytown annexed the majority of the area in November 2017.
The approved amendment extends the business park designation along Sjolander, north of I-10, subsequently decreasing the commercial corridor and low-medium density residential. The amendment also extends business park designation across I-10 going east toward Crosby Cedar Bayou Road, decreasing commercial corridor and higher-density residential designations in the area.
The designations of the subject area consist of low-medium density residential, higher-density residential, business park, commercial corridor and industrial. The item will go before City Council for approval.