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City council OKs ordinances to keep pygmy goats as pets and future development

August 25, 2018

An antique shop in downtown Tomball will be able to keep its three pygmy goats at the store, thanks to a Tomball City Council decision.

The owners of Nana’s Main Street Cottage have been hoping to keep three pygmy goats on their property, but have been worried because city ordinance livestock animals, including goats.

One of the shop’s owners, Dan Howes, said that since the first vote by the council, the pygmy goats have helped attract more visitors to Tomball.

“We felt very confident about the vote,” he said.

Councilman Derek Townsend Sr. was the lone vote against the ordinance because he said other people who obtain pygmy goats may be a nuisance to their neighbors and said he worried owners might not be responsible for their proper care.

“I’m going to be voting no, not because I have a problem with pygmy goats. I have a problem that people may not take care of their goats and therefore, you will be affecting your neighbors,” he said.

Townsend also said the smell emitting from the pygmy goats would also bother neighboring residents.

Howes said the pygmy votes tend to be cleaner than other pets. When visitors arrive at the shop, he said he’s asked them if they’ve smelled foul odors and no one has raised complaints.

“I’m not sure where that came from. It’s a well known fact that pygmy goats do not smell,” he said.

Council plans more residential lots

The Tomball City Council finalized an approval to rezone a 36-acre lot for future development west of South Cherry Street and along Holderrieth Road. The area previously had be designated an agricultural zone.

The rezoning ordinance would allow development to go forward with building houses on lots that are at least 6,000 square feet, according to the Tomball city code of ordinances.

The council also approved on first reading the rezoning of 25.7 acres between Hospital Road and Lovett Street on East Hufsmith Road to a planned development zone from a single-family 9 zone, which permits low-density houses to be built that are at least 9,000 square feet.

The area would eventually have 104 houses built by Benson Development LLC.

Community development director Craig Meyers said the area would have drainage from the future M121 channel.

“We’ll accommodate drainage to this when it’s completed. Ultimately, they’ll drain directly to the M121 channel,” he said.

Marinela Valadez, from Tomball, said she lives close to the 25.7 acre property and said she was concerned about future traffic congestion and increased taxes.

Valadez said while she was not opposed to development, she was concerned about the effects, such as flooding.

“That’s 300 cars. I don’t care if you’re getting opening up out of Carrell Street and Hufsmith, it’s already crowded. So therefore, we’re going to widen the roads. Eventually taxes will go up,” she told the council.

Manufacturing firm moving to Tomball

The council also approved on the first reading an ordinance to create a reinvestment zone for the relocation of Hoelscher Weatherstrip Manufacturing from northwest Houston to Tomball.

The company is currently located in the West Sam Houston Business Park and was approved by the Tomball Economic Development Corp, to move into the northwest area of the Tomball Business and Technology Park.

TEDC executive director Kelly Violette told the council that Hoelscher, a door manufacturer, was looking to building a $10.6 million facility on 16.9 acres within the park.

“They are looking at building a 193,000 square foot facility and bringing 119 employees to Tomball,” she said.

The reinvestment zone would allow Hoelscher to have reduced or eliminated property tax. Violette said the tax abatement would be worth about $475,000 over a decade.

The council will vote a second time to finalize the ordinance at a regular meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 4.

mayra.cruz@chron.com

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