New developments, reinvestment zones: 3 things to know from Monday’s Missouri City City Council meeting

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Missouri City City Council approved the development of an active senior living community west of Staffordshire Road during a regular meeting Monday. City Council also adopted the 2017 Fort Bend County Hazard Mitigation Plan update and passed the first readings of two ordinances establishing two separate reinvestment zones for tax abatement purposes.

1) Developments for adults and seniors

Council members approved the establishment of active senior living community Vrindavan Resorts on 13.6 acres of land directly north of the Knanaya Homes subdivision.

The privately funded project is the work of Missouri City resident Joseph Manakalathil and a group of associates, who formed Vrindavan Resorts LLC to develop the community, City Planning Manager Jennifer Thomas Gomez said.

Consisting of approximately 20 buildings up to three stories, Vrindavan Resorts will feature 160-164 units and common areas for residents, including green space for outdoor activities, a badminton court and garden, according to meeting documents. The community is targeted towards residents age 55 years old and older.

City Council also passed the first reading of an ordinance allowing for Serenity Falls Adult Day Care Center to be established in a leased space of 1,880 square feet within the shopping center at 6701 Hwy. 6, Missouri City, according to meeting documents. The applicant is Fort Bend County resident Deshun Stanley.

Serenity Falls would provide a social setting and care services to senior adults age 65 years old and older, offering daily meals and snacks, activities, field trips, outdoor recreation space and enrichment opportunities, Stanley said.

“Missouri City is an up and coming community for the [aging population],” she said.

2) Hazard Mitigation Plan update

City Council adopted the 2017 Fort Bend County Hazard Mitigation Plan, which was last updated in 2011, according to meeting documents. A Mitigation Planning Committee consisting of county and city representatives, as well as other community members, completed the update.

The plan identifies potential natural hazards that may affect Missouri City and Fort Bend County and includes a risk assessment describing potential losses to city and county assets, a set of goals and strategies to mitigate these losses and a guide to implement and monitor the plan.

The update identified 14 potential hazards, ranked by highest potential for damage:

• Extreme heat
• Drought
• Severe winter storms
• Hurricanes and tropical storms
• Tornadoes
• Wind storms
• Hail storms
• Wildfire
• Lightening
• Land subsidence
• Floods
• Dam or levee failure
• Earthquakes
• Expansive soils

The update also includes a list of prioritized projects to mitigate the effects of these potential hazards. However, the city is not committed to their implementation, and these projects will be continually assessed and revised as needed, according to meeting documents.

3) Reinvestment zones

The city held two public hearings regarding ordinances that would establish two reinvestment zones for tax abatement purposes. No speakers were present during the public hearings, and City Council passed the first readings of both ordinances.

The proposed reinvestment zones are being created to encourage economic development and to benefit potential business recruitment prospects, according to meeting documents.

Reinvestment Zone 17 refers to 29 acres of land south of Hwy. 90A between South Cravens Road and Echo Creek Drive, and Reinvestment Zone 18 encompasses 16.8 acres of land in Lakeview Business Park south of Buffalo Run and east of Willow Wisp Drive.

Staff will present more information regarding these reinvestment zones at the next City Council meeting, city media relations specialist Cory Stottlemyer said.

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Renee Yan
Renee Yan graduated May 2017 from the University of Texas in Arlington with a degree in journalism, joining Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in July.
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