A rezoning request for the Parkside Place subdivision in Bridge City was denied by the City Council on Tuesday. About 30 citizens attended the meeting most of whom were opposed to rezoning their neighborhood.
Two property owners of four lots in the subdivision requested the rezoning from single family residential to multi-family residential in order to develop apartments in that area. Neighbors in the Parkside Place community started a petition drive to show their opposition for the proposed change in zoning.
Submission of the petition to the City Council and comments from several citizens during the meeting made the decision for Councilman Danny Harrington fairly obvious. “I’ve looked over this situation, I went and looked at the property, I’ve talked to some of the people here, and I don’t see how in good conscious we can go against our citizens since we are here to serve the people of our town. With this many people against something you cannot go over them, in good conscious I can’t do it,” Harrington commented.
The council voted unanimously to deny the rezoning request. Peggy Prosperie who led the petition drive was very pleased with the result on Tuesday. “We gave them a petition with 300 signatures on it against the rezoning, so there were 300 neighbors against the rezoning and that’s a pretty good statement right there. We and our neighbors are thrilled that our neighborhood will stay the way it’s supposed to, single family,” Prosperie stated.
The City Council then addressed the budget and taxes for next year. The council adopted an ad valorem tax rate of $0.52369 for the 2021 tax year.
A public hearing on the proposed budget for next fiscal year was scheduled for Tuesday, August 17, which coincides with the next regular council meeting. A second public hearing was set for Tuesday, September 7, regarding the proposed tax rate.
-Dan Perrine, KOGT-