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City council approves partial rezoning for Expo Center project

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

In a 5-2 vote Tuesday evening, council members approved an amended version of the proposed zoning request for the Lubbock County Expo Center.

In an apparent compromise, council members approved a partial rezoning and a 30-month specific use permit. The original proposal was to change all 134 acres from single-family zoning to interstate highway commercial zoning. 

There was heated debate over it, especially from advocates at the State Supported Living Center.

Councilman Jeff Griffith proposed the approved amendment that limits IHC zoning to the south side of the property, extending about 280 feet from the Loop 289 frontage road. The rest of the property will remain R1 residential.

In order for the Expo Center to be built on R1, the council had to approve a specific-use permit for it. This requires the steering committee to get a permit for the building within the next 30 months, or it expires and the facility cannot be built at the site. 

It appears to be a compromise due to vocal backlash about changing the area at North University Avenue and Loop 289 from single-family homes to interstate highway commercial, which would open up the lot for almost any kind of commercial development.

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