Good article in the Port Isabel Press. They are really a good local paper for us now. If you don’t subscribe, you might want to check into it. They send it to you online if you want.
By ABBEY KUNKLE
The SPI Planning and Zoning Commission metafternoon for their regular monthly meeting to discuss the zoning designation of the recently annexed Ocean Towers Property.
Chief on the agenda for discussion was a decision regarding the designation of the Padre Island Inn Subdivision, also known as the Ocean Tower Property into either a Padre Boulevard North (PBN) Character Zone or into the District “B” zone.
The Ocean Tower Property, which is surrounded by northern shores, the gulf, and the county park, was annexed by the City in March of this year. According to the zoning ordinance, within 180 days of annexation, the Planning and Zoning Commission must review and provide a zoning recommendation to the City Council.
Development Director Dr. Sungman Kim and city staff made multiple attempts to contact the landowner to determine the owner’s preference for the zone. The owner eventually responded, informing the city that the plan for the property is to build a five story Hampton Inn.
As the Hampton Inn is a hotel, the PBN Zone or District “B” would be the only available options to accommodate that development. The PBN Character Zone allows for a broad scope of development while District “B” is zoned for multifamily dwellings, apartments, motels, hotels, condominiums and townhouses. Based on the regulations and specifications required, the owner felt that District “B” would be the most appropriate and beneficial designation for the area.
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