As the land is being annexed into city limits, council members voted on its zoning classification, approving the land use as general retail, which allows for “areas for local neighborhood shopping and service facilities for the retail sales of goods and services,” as opposed to commercial use as requested, which would have allowed for more intensive commercial uses, according to city information.
“The future land-use designation is neighborhood commercial, which is meant for nonresidential uses that complement residential uses,” Community Development Director Craig Meyers said during the meeting.
A convenience store, a gas station and a retail space for lease are proposed for the property, located at the northeast corner of Spell and Hufsmith-Kohrvill roads. The Tomball Economic Development Corp.’s Business & Technology Park and residential communities Albury Trails and Alexander Estates—which is currently under construction—are near the property, Meyers said.
“We wanted to present this project as a higher, sort of upscale retail area, but it does include a [convenience] store,” said representatives of the applicant TN Associates Inc. via the Zoom teleconference meeting Jan. 18. “In terms of architecture, it will match the neighborhood with 100% masonry that would reflect sort of a response to the adjacent residential neighborhood itself.”
The property at Spell and Hufsmith-Kohrville roads is currently home to a single-family residence, according to meeting information.