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Katy approves church permit requests

November 30, 2018

Three churches received a one-year special-use permit from Katy City Council on Nov. 26 to offer services and Bible study to residents.

No one spoke during public hearings held for each of the requests. The Katy Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approving all three special-use permits. Each permit has the same condition that the church not protest applications for alcohol-related businesses.

After City Council approval, Ward A Councilman Frank Carroll III said, he was pleased with the action.

“Katy long has been open for business, but not just business. I’m glad we’re showing Katy is open to faith,” said Carroll.

Katy has an unofficial moniker of “The city of churches.”

Katy Mayor Chuck Brawner agreed that the approval offers a benefit to citizens and an opportunity to increase participation as the area and Katy continue to grow by leaps and bounds.

Two of the churches — Church at Cane Island and Hispanic Pentecostal Missionary Church — are located in general business districts. Parkway Fellowship is located in a commercial district.

Parkway Fellowship will be using 8,215-square feet at 5819 10th St., Suite A. North Katy Pastor Parkway Fellowship Adam Junglebut wrote an Oct. 10 letter to the city explaining that the church has a five-year lease to meet in the facility for Sunday services at 9:30 and 10:45 a.m. Plus it has activities at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. The space formerly was used by Higher Dimension Church which is now using another location in the building. Visit http://parkwayfellowship.com/ for details.

Church at Cane Island will use 4,800-square-feet at 5315 Highway Blvd., Suite A, as its primary place of worship said Pastor Jon Davis. Visit https://thechurchatcaneisland.org/ for details.

Hispanic Pentecostal Missionary Church plans to use 1,255 square feet at 653 Pin Oak Road, Suite A-7. Pastor Jose Rivera, who submitted the application, said the facility would be used at 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays and 5 p.m. Sundays. The church will be setting up a website.

Other business

In other business, Katy City Council authorized the mayor to sign service agreements with Motorola Solutions Inc. for yearly maintenance of fire station alerting systems; a medical director services agreement with Mark L. Bing, M.D.; a proposal with Langford Engineering Services Inc. for the professional engineering services of Waller County Improvement District No. 2 water plant and remote water well No. 1 and a street right-of-way license agreement with Parkside-Stratford/I-10 Ltd for a monument sign in the median at Cane Island Parkway South/U.S. Highway 90.

Ordinances approved add “emeritus” positions to the Keep Katy Beautiful Board, appoint Gregory Christmann as an alternate to the City Planning & Zoning Commission and grant the petition of Rise Development for annexation of 190.44 acres into Harris-Waller counties Municipal Utilities District No. 3.

karen.zurawski@chron.com

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