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Plans for a future housing development in west Midland received approval from the Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday, but not without some discussion.
By a vote of 6-1, commissioners approved a request by Robert Graham for a zone change from RR, Regional Retail District, to SF-1, Single Family Dwelling District, on a 3.86-acre tract at Castlewood Drive and Homeland Drive. Graham was proposing lot sizes for residential use that did not meet the standards of the Regional Retail district, thus the request for the zone change.
Commissioner Steven Villela raised concerns about the tract’s proximity to Wadley Avenue and noted it would be located near the back of the proposed ZooMidland. He ultimately voted against the request.
Maverick Engineering received unanimous approval for its request for a zone change from SF-2, Single Family Dwelling District, to O-1, Office District, to convert the property at 4001 Illinois Ave. to a Veterans Affairs Counseling Center. The property is currently the location of a church.
Commissioners also unanimously approved Maverick  Engineering’s request for a zone change from PD, Planned Development District for an Office Center, to O1, Office District, for property at 1011 W. Texas Ave. to develop an office building. 
A request by Shufeng Lin for a Specific Use Designation for the Sale of all Alcoholic Beverages for on-premises Consumption in a Restaurant at Sumo Sushi Hibachi, 4706 N. Midkiff Road, was approved. The restaurant is in operation from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. Alcohol service hours would be the same.
Mella McEwen is the Oil Editor for the Midland Reporter-Telegram.