Rezoning proposal sparks concerns in Pearland

May 21, 2012 4:48:30 PM PDT
A group of Pearland residents are worried about the future of their neighborhood.

A proposal is in the works that would rezone a residential area along Pearland Parkway to make way for a medical complex. But a lot of people who live nearby are not buying into the idea.

Many of those neighbors will be gathering here at Pearland City Hall over that controversial zoning plan. So far, city staff supports the hospital idea. But some homeowners we talked to are saying, not in my neighborhood.

Howard Carter says his home at the Lake of Highland Glen in Pearland has been his piece of paradise -- until now. Carter says he's concerned a proposed zoning change could soon move a medical complex to this lot behind his house on Brighton Brook Lane.

"We're worried about possibly reduction of property values," he said.

And Carter's not the only neighbor worried about University General Health System's request to change 31 acres here from residential to commercial zoning.

"I'm concerned about the noise and light pollution that may affect us," homeowner Louis Caltzontzint said.

The president of University General Health System tells Eyewitness News a zoning change would allow it to build a small hospital and an Alzheimer's center among other offices on 17 acres of usable land close to the water treatment plant.

"Biggest concern is just the back side of a hospital that we really don't want to see what goes on back there," homeowner Ben Kasper said.

University General Health System says it's been listening to neighbor's concerns. And so has city staff.

"Some of the noise concerns can be mitigated through additional adding of shrubbery, and the developer has agreed to move the property a further distance back away from the residential homes in that area," said Sparkle Anderson with the city of Pearland.

Still some neighbors unhappy with the hospital idea plan to present a petition to council members.

The council meeting begins at 7:30pm. The council will read that zoning request for the second time. And up to this point, a majority of its members support the zoning change.


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