Amazon distribution facility in Katy approved to move forward

The Katy City Council on Monday—in a joint meeting with the city’s planning and zoning commission—approved an ordinance that ultimately will pave the way for a new Amazon fulfillment center in the city of Katy. The facility will bring approximately 1,000 full-time jobs to the area, according to a statement from Amazon.

Katy Mayor Fabol Hughes said Monday the council had been in talks with Amazon about the 1 million square-foot distribution center for some time.

“This means [property] tax revenue,” Hughes said.

Although the matter was not discussed during the public meeting, Ward A Councilman Gary Jones confirmed Tuesday that Amazon has expressed an interest in the 87-acre tract of land in Waller County near Woods Road and Highway 90. The council approved annexing the tract during a March 14 meeting, based on a petition filed by the J.D. Woods Jr. Family Trust.

Amazon later confirmed the deal in a press release.

“We’ve always anticipated that property would be commercial or manufacturing because it’s far enough outside the city,” Jones said.

At Monday’s meeting, the city council approved a change to Katy’s comprehensive land use plan, which rezoned the tract’s future land use from residential to industrial. Planning and Zoning commissioners said Monday that land is always annexed as residential, which prompted the need for a rezoning.

Hughes said a Dallas-based developer plans to close on the land this week and has expressed an interest in having construction complete by February 2018. No official timeline has been set for the project.

No one spoke during a Monday public hearing on the subject. Both the planning and zoning commission and city council approved the rezoning unanimously.


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