Two months ago, the College Station city council approved rezoning land along the east side of the freeway for suburban commercial use. At the last council meeting, a neighboring homeowner in the Raintree development, Boyd Sorrell said 150 feet of a pond was illegally filled in. Sorrell says the pond was used to collect run-off from heavy rainfall which will now flood areas where houses are located back upstream. Since the pond was filled in, a city spokesman says the developer has hired an engineer to determine if any negative effects occurred, what corrections may be necessary, and a plan of action. The developer has been asked to submit a report to city staff before the end of the month or face a specific deadline and possible fines.
Tonight’s Bryan City Council agenda includes first round consideration of allowing tattoo businesses in the downtown area. It’s been a month since the planning and zoning commission endorsed the option. The proposal calls for restricting the amount of floor space in a tattoo business to between three thousand and five thousand square feet and separating shops a minimum of one mile from each other.
And, For students living on-campus universities might be getting safer. The Texas legislature passed a bill that says universities will be allowed to check the criminal history of students who want to live in on-campus housing. Vice President of Student Services at BlinnCollege, Dennis Crowson, says that he expects fewer crimes to happen in on-campus housing once this bill is implemented. Crowson was a witness for the bill when it was passed in June. He says that with this bill student housing should become a safer environment.