By ABBEY KUNKLE
Special to the PRESS
The South Padre Island Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) met last Thursday afternoon for their first meeting since December. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the schedule of uses for zoning with the Form Based Code specifically in reference to Padre Boulevard and the Entertainment District.
The P&Z discussed the scheduled uses for zoning with the Form Based Code that had been reviewed by the Design Standards Review Task Force (DSRTF) two days prior. One significant topic of discussion was the permitted areas for residential single-family homes. The DSRTF had recommended that these homes be permitted in bay front and Entertainment District Core zones as special exceptions, which would allow for the owner to be notified that a business like a bar or club could be built next to their home as it is in that zoned area. The P&Z agreed with that consensus, but also felt that residences should be allowed in other areas — such as along Padre Boulevard — which would bring the benefit of developing the land, making it useable, and raising its value. The committee changed the recommendation to include all zones of the Form Based Code to allow single-family homes as special exceptions.
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