Council OKs consultants to search for new West U city manager
At issue are several lots behind the AT&T building which were are zoned residential but which the city granted special exemptions in the 1970s to serve as parking spaces when the facility (operated at that time by the former Southwestern Bell) served mostly as an office complex.
In the decades since, AT&T has changed its operations at the complex to include servicing customers throughout the Houston area. Now AT&T wants to be able to stock its service vans in the parking area, causing increasing consternation among some residents who live on Ruskin Street behind the parking lot.
At a hearing in June 2016, the city’s Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) reversed an interpretation by West U’s administrative official which had allowed AT&T to load and unload in the parking lot after hearing complaints from nearby residents over safety concerns and the potential decline of property values.
AT&T then appealed the decision to Harris County district court. Earlier this year, the city and the company reached a tentative settlement, pending a resolution of the matter by the ZPC.
At its May 21 meeting, the Council voted 3-1 to go forward with AT&T’s request for a joint public hearing with the ZPC, but only after hearing from numerous residents urging the council to let the matter drop.