On Wednesday, April 13 at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers, the Missouri City Planning and Zoning Commission is set to review and receive public input on three key zoning ordinances:
• Outside placement of materials, merchandise, equipment; Outside sales and services for commercial businesses
• Architectural Standards
• Public Utilities
Residents and business owners are encouraged to attend the meeting and share feedback. The nine-member Commission is analyzing the laws to help ensure the City continues to maintain its high-quality standards for community regulations and development. Staff is also contacting local businesses for comment and has advertised a public notice on the issues and upcoming meeting in local newspapers.
“The visual appearance of our community is a priority with City officials and residents,” said Director of Development Services Gary Smith. “We regularly examine our development requirements to assure they produce the aesthetics our citizens and businesses expect.”
Missouri City is respected state- and nationwide for its adherence to superior codes by utilizing strict ordinances and regulations. For its commitment to premium development requirements for public spaces such as roadways, parks and open expanses, the City earned a bronze designation from the Scenic City Certification Program. Scenic City, a project started in 2010 to combine a comprehensive set of model standards into one program, awarded inaugural certificates to 14 cities, including the “Show Me City”.
Missouri City received top scores for its dedication to improving residents’ quality of life through the visual appeal of streetscapes, a wide variety of amenities in city parks and strong regulations governing signs. The program also recognized the City’s emphasis on the removal of litter and graffiti. Overall, the City’s initiatives have resulted in increased economic development and property values.
Following the public hearing by the Planning and Zoning Commission, a final report will be submitted to City Council for approval and adoption. The Council meetings will also include public hearings for individuals who want to comment on the issues.
For updates, please watch the City’s website, www.missouricitytx.gov, and Missouri City Television (Channel 16 on Comcast and Channel 99 on AT&T U-verse.)