Pearland City Council initially approves larger budget for TIRZ projects

Pearland City Hall
Pearland City Council typically meets on the second and fourth Mondays of the month. (Haley Morrison/Community Impact Newspaper)

Pearland City Council typically meets on the second and fourth Mondays of the month. (Haley Morrison/Community Impact Newspaper)

Pearland City Council granted initial approval for a plan amendment to increase the budget for projects in Shadow Creek Ranch, particularly to improve the library in Shadow Creek Ranch and infrastructure, particularly FM 521. The estimated cost for the two projects combined is $7.7 million.

The amendment was originally discussed during a meeting for Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone No. 2, which is the TIRZ that encompasses Shadow Creek Ranch. The amendment increases the budget, which is necessary to expand the library, according to the city’s budget agenda.

“I’m happy to see that we are moving forward with the library,” Council Member Adrian Hernandez said.

The money will increase the size of the Pearland Westside Library in order to allow for more meeting space and fit the Brazoria County Tax Office, said Assistant City Manager Trent Epperson, who presented the item to council at the Nov. 25 meeting.

The money will also help with the Fort Bend County widening project for FM 521, which will be widened from FM 2234 to Hwy. 6.


“I think [FM] 521 is going to be a good north and south [road] for everybody going all the way to Hwy. 6. I think that is going to be key,” Council Member Woody Owens said.
By Haley Morrison
Haley Morrison came to Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after graduating from Baylor University. She was promoted to editor in February 2019. Haley primarily covers city government.


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