CITY OF KATY (Covering Katy News)—The Katy City Planning and Zoning Commission Tuesday voted to recommend city council approval of the 25K Morton Park and Silver Oaks Estate planned development district. The council is expected to consider approval at its December 9 meeting.
The district would be approximately 46 acres of single-family residential and commercial use lots. Morton Road borders the proposed district on the south, the Katy Hockley Cut-Off Road is the eastern border, and the Heritage Park West subdivision is to the north. The land to the east of the Katy Hockley Cut-Off Road is under City of Houston extraterritorial jurisdiction.
The December 9 meeting will be the second time the council will consider approving the district. The issue first came up in February 2018. At that time, the council voted to delay consideration after an extended public hearing in which residents, council members, and the attorney representing the developer expressed concerns about flooding and commercial lot use in the proposed district.
The plan presented to the council in 2018 had been revised to include several city-requested changes for fencing and screening, landscaping, lighting, lot sizes, recreational space, signage, and zoning. Costello, Inc., the firm hired by the city to make recommendations for reducing future flooding problems, was asked to review the proposal and make recommendations on water flow out of the area.
It was not immediately clear after Tuesday’s meeting what additional changes were made. Reportedly, two detention ponds that will drain to the east of the development are part of the flood mitigation plan and a Costello official said that the developer had made sure that the development met city and county drainage requirements.