Council OKs zoning change for Hwy. 259 lots


Kilgore City Council members approved a change to the city’s Future Land Use map Tuesday evening, paving the way for a zoning change and a possible commercial development near Kilgore ISD’s Baughman Road campuses.

According to Kilgore Planning & Zoning Director Carol Windham, the property owner of land at 3000 South Henderson Blvd. – Richard Pierce, according to Rusk County Appraisal District Records – sought a zoning change on six lots, from single-family residential to commercial.

City planners refer to the Future Land Use map when considering zoning requests, Windham reminded the council, updating the 2008 plan when necessary to address evolving strategies.

The property in question is currently vacant, she noted, abutting a major commercial corridor through the City of Kilgore.

City Hall staffers agree the land is best-suited for commercial development, not residential. A handful of neighboring homeowners disagree – five submitted protest letters – and two others within the notification area sent their support of the property owners’ request for a new zoning designation.

“They don’t have anybody that’s interested in the property right now,” Windham said. “They’ve had interest in the past.

“We know most people are not going to build (a home) on that frontage on 259, and it’s suited better for a commercial development.”

The zoning change recently received unanimous approval by the city’s Planning & Zoning Commission.

With no other speakers on the request Tuesday and no discussion between council members, the group unanimously approved both the update to the Future Land Use map and the zoning change.