Rosenberg Planning Commission members will once again discuss the future of townhouse subdivisions at its monthly meeting.

The meeting is slated for Wednesday at 5 p.m. at City Hall, 2110 Fourth St. At the January meeting, commission members spent an hour debating townhouse regulations, but ultimately came to no consensus on what changes need to be made.

According to Community Development Director Travis Tanner, there was a townhouse subdivision under consideration in December and, due to the small number of these developments, the commission thought the city might need to revisit the ordinance.

“Just so that we’re all on the same page here, this was brought up for discussion because a developer was coming in and buying these lots and breaking them down and jamming these town homes in them,” commissioner Sergio Villagomez said last month.

“Basically, it’s messing up the aesthetics for the neighboring houses. This is is more like figuring out what we need to regulate these town home developers from cramming these town homes into small lots like sardines.

“We need to figure out or come to an agreement what we think is best for the city of Rosenberg, for its taxpayers and for its residents.”

Listed are the following changes city staff is suggesting: Addition of an intent statement; minimum development size of five acres; varied front building lines to avoid a solid “wall” look across multiple lots; 15-foot street side setback (same as single-family lots); 30-foot building line along plat boundary; additional green space requirements to compensate for lack of interior setbacks; minimum lot size of 4,000 square feet; 40-foot minimum lot width; and detention pond/common area landscaping and maintenance provisions.

Currently, the lot size minimum is 2,500 square feet.

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