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Poth P&Z approves rezoning
Members of the Poth Planning and Zoning Commission address a rezoning request during their Feb. 12 meeting.
POTH -- Residents in the city of Poth are one step closer to having a new store open its doors, after the Poth Planning and Zoning Commission approved a change in the zoning map to convert a piece from residential use to general business during its Feb. 12 meeting.
Prior to the meeting, a public hearing was held for the commission to hear from local residents in regard to the rezoning of a small portion of a R-1 single family dwelling district to a general business district.
Local business owner Chris Pipes, proprietor of the E-Z Stop Shell station in Floresville, was present on behalf of Farmco Transport LLC to request the rezoning for 100 feet of property on F.M. 427. Pipes plans to construct a store on property he owns and claimed the rezoned property would facilitate easier access to the facility.
“I had been thinking about opening a first-class store here in Poth for many years now,” Pipes said. “This will not be a truck stop, as some may have speculated. It is going to be a first-class store which will bring great service, jobs, and tax base to the city.”
Opponents of the proposed store voiced their concern during the meeting also; one local resident felt the new store would infringe on their “simple, country-living” lifestyle.
“We did not inherit our land; we purchased it,” Sara Dallmeyer said. “We purchased it because it was a rural property on a farm-to-market road. We chose to be here and we chose that property because of its zoning.”
Dallmeyer’s main concern is the potential influx of traffic into the area and the inevitable lights of a service station.
“I ask any of you if you would like a big convenience store with 24-hour lights beaming into your house 24 hours a day, just within a few hundred feet,” Dallmeyer asked the board.
Poth Mayor Travis Pruski also addressed the commission, reminding the members that the rezoning component allows only for a piece of property to be rezoned in extenuating circumstances.
After the public hearing, the commission voted 3-2 to approve the rezoning.
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