In a 4-1 vote, Tomball City Council gave the first of two approvals to an ordinance that would create a new single-family residential zoning district at its June 17 meeting. Council member Paul Garcia voted against approval.

In the new zoning district, SF-7.5, the minimum lot area would be 7,500 square feet with 100 feet and 60 feet of minimum lot depth and width, according to a presentation from Community Development Director Craig Meyers.

Diving in deeper

Meyers said this new zoning district would create a middle ground between SF-6 and SF-9, requiring minimum lots of 6,000 and 9,000 square feet, respectively.

“[It’s] a middle-ground, single-family district,” Meyers said. “[We’ve] discussed it at council; applicants have been asking for this; council’s been asking for this.”

According to Meyer’s presentation, SF-7.5 would also require:

  • A maximum height of two stories, or 35 feet
  • A one-story requirement for accessory buildings
  • A minimum of two off-street parking spaces per dwelling unit

Also of note

During discussion of this item, council members did talk about potentially increasing the side setback requirement, which sits at 5 feet. However, council ultimately decided to wait to update the setback requirements for all single-family zoning districts at the same time when the draft of the unified development code is considered.

Council approved updating the city’s unified development code during a meeting last May, Community Impact previously reported.

Stay tuned

The second and final reading of the ordinance creating this new single-family residential zoning district should be considered at council’s next meeting July 1.

View the June 17 agenda packet below.