The Rockport City Council held joint public hearings with the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) Tuesday, Aug. 13 regarding two rezoning requests.

The first hearing was for a request for an extension of a Conditional Use Permit to allow an RV park with commercial land use on properties located at 177 and 181 Kluge Trail. The property is currently zoned B-1 (General Business District).

This request was initially made and approved by the council in July 2018. However, delays in getting proper wetlands delineation and other clearances from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers caused the project to fall behind schedule.

There was no public comment.

The second hearing was for a request for a Planned Unit Development located at 3250-3330 Highway 35 Bypass, which is 42.54 acres of land out of an 84.118 acre tract, out of the George K. Taggart III Trustee, 1,108.79 acre tract, to develop property as a mixed-use subdivision consisting of single-family residential and commercial parcels.

The property is currently zoned R-1 (1st Single Family Dwelling District) and B-1 (General Business District).

There was no staff explanation about the project regarding the planned development. It was noted that will take place at the P&Z’s meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19.

Three people asked questions about the planned development.

Adelaide Marlatt showed several aerial photographs depicting standing ponds on the property, noting drainage has been an issue in the past.

“I’m not against developing this property. I just want it to be done well, and we have to do a better job with drainage,” she said.

Rockport Country Club (RCC) resident Russ Roberts said, “What I urge is that you exercise strong vigilance in terms of drainage.”

He noted he didn’t “have a dog in this fight,” but added, “All of us in RCC, at one time or another, has had problems with drainage.

“I ask that whatever is done doesn’t affect RCC (in terms of drainage).”

The council is expected to address the two requests on first reading at its next meeting.

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