If you are following the news regarding the “Do Not Use” order for Lake Jackson residents related to the discovery of the Naegleria fowleri in that city’s drinking water system, it’s understandable to have questions about the safety of our local drinking water. Below are some facts about this specific amoeba, as well as what the cities of Bryan and College Station are doing to ensure the safety of your water supply.
Midtown property owners now have additional options for development as part of Midtown Pattern Overlay Districts. The overlay districts, also known as Pattern Zoning, allow the property owners to receive architect-designed pre-approved construction plans for four different buildings intended specifically for the Midtown area.
The Bryan City Council approved the Midtown Pattern Overlay Districts at their Sept. 8, 2020 meeting, allowing the Pattern Zoning buildings to be available for immediate permitting and construction. Benefits include streamlining the application process, improved design aesthetics, reduced costs to the developer and increased efficiency in existing public infrastructure utilization.
The overlay districts are entirely optional for property owners and developers – they only add additional options and do not remove any uses allowed by a property’s base zoning. The type of pattern buildings allowed on each property are determined by pre-approval maps.
The expedited approval process will consist of three steps for most properties:
- Selecting the pre-approved pattern building type that best fits the property
- Submitting an application and site plan
- Staff reviewing and approving the application
Property owners and developers interested in taking advantage of the new Pattern Zoning options should contact Planning Services by calling 979.209-5030 or emailing email@example.com.
More information about the expedited approval process and pattern zoning in general is available at bryantx.gov/midtownpatterns