If there is a theme in this issue of League City Connection, it’s that League City is balancing fast growth and a desire to keep its small-town charm.

It’s clear from the articles and reports that League City leaders are working to develop rules and policies meant to keep League City aesthetically pleasing without suppressing business growth.

For example, after much discussion, the city agreed that businesses could legally use shipping containers — metal cargo boxes used on ships, trains and trucks — for storage if they follow some rules. Read more about that on page 12.

Meanwhile, a popular business is affected by the city’s efforts to regulate signs. The McDonald’s at 113 Interstate 45 N. near FM 518 will lose its 120-foot sign that was acceptable by policy years ago, but not anymore.

Owner Nelly Quijano in April lost a fight to move the sign the Texas Department of Transportation had condemned through eminent domain as it expands and widens the freeway. The city in April declined to give Quijano permission move the 120-foot sign in another spot. The issue? The city’s sign ordinance limits sign heights to 42.5 feet.

Beautifying efforts also are evident on state Highway 3, where the city is planting sabal, crepe myrtles, iris and foxtail fern in rebuilt medians. In fact, League City has planned several strategic beautification enhancements, as you’ll read about on page 14.

You’ll find these stories and so much more in this news-packed issue.

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