Correction: The recommendation was read by Vice-Chair Jennifer Greve, not Chair Ashley Zimmermann.

Properties along Cibolo Main Street across from the new H-E-B are moving through the rezoning process to transition from single-family properties to commercial.

The city of Cibolo Planning and Zoning Commission on May 10 held a public hearing and discussion on the rezoning of properties following a public hearing held by City Council on April 25.

Meeting highlights

During the public hearing portion of the meeting, residents of surrounding properties spoke against the rezoning due to issues such as flooding, noise, light pollution and more that would impact property owners if commercial development were approved.

Planning and Zoning Commissioner Steve Cooper said he is in favor of the rezoning, however, residents behind the properties being considered should have their concerns addressed prior to development of the properties.

“None of the homeowners came out in opposition to the rezoning,” he said. “I am very, very concerned about the residences behind them and making sure they are properly considered when any building or development occurs on Main Street.”

Following discussion, the planning and zoning commission voted to recommend a denial of the rezoning, which passed in a 4-3 vote.

The recommendation for denial was due to the city being in the process of updating the master plan with areas currently zoned as commercial being uncertain to remain, and there are currently a substantial amount of surrounding properties that are undeveloped or under construction that are zoned commercially to meet the demand, Vice-Chair Jennifer Greve said.

What’s next

The recommendation will go to City Council for them to discuss and vote on. Council has the final vote on the rezoning and can approve or disapprove the ordinance.

Prior to the vote, council will hold another public hearing for citizens to voice their concerns.