The Bryan City Council unanimously approved a rezoning request during its regular meeting Tuesday for about 128 acres at the intersection of Texas 6 and Old Reliance Road.
No one spoke during a public hearing on the rezoning, which will allow for the development of the master-planned, mixed-use Rudder Pointe Subdivision. A mix of residential, office and retail uses are planned for the land.
The developers of the property, which is owned by Harrison Holdings, plan to develop around 400 single-family residential lots on the easternmost 98 acres. The remaining 30 acres are intended to be used for a mix of retail and multi-family development.
The planned subdivision, which is designed to connect to a proposed extension of Austin's Colony Parkway, is opposite Old Reliance Road from James Earl Rudder High School. It's also located to the southeast of Castle Heights, a Bryan neighborhood prone to flooding that has prompted residents there to ask the City Council to look into the issue at nearly every council meeting for several years.
When asked by Councilman Mike Southerland about potential impacts the development could have on flooding, Planning Manager Martin Zimmerman said two detention ponds are planned for the subdivision, and a park that will be built there also could help with drainage.
In a related item, the council also OK'd an amendment to the city's thoroughfare plan to remove a roughly 2,600-foot-long suggested collector street connection midway between Old Reliance Road and Texas 21. Drainage concerns upstream and proximity to the floodplain likely would have made the roadway "inefficient from a cost and maintenance point of view when compared to its potential contribution to the overall transportation network," according to the agenda item. The amendment makes the Rudder Pointe Subdivision development plan conform to the thoroughfare plan.
Also at Tuesday's meeting:
• As part of the consent agenda, the council authorized City Manager Kean Register to enter into a preliminary engineering agreement with Union Pacific Railroad for the downtown quiet zone project. The city will pay Union Pacific up to $150,000 for an engineering and diagnostic review of the proposed safety improvements the city will need to make at 25 of its at-grade crossings to silence trains' horns as they pass through Downtown Bryan. The council gave consensus in February to fast-track the project through an accelerated funding option that could put construction on schedule to begin by next spring.