By Steve Knightfirstname.lastname@example.org
The Burleson City Council on Monday conducted a public hearing and with a split vote approved a gas well drilling permit request by Oklahoma-based Devon Energy for five gas wells, known as the John Cashion Unit 5H-9H, on a new pad site located at 1730 Houston Road.
Director of Engineering Services Laura Melton told members that the proposed drill site area is located on a vacant tract of land on the north side of Renfro Street across the intersection with Hidden Creek Parkway.
Devon Energy first submitted a permit package that met ordinance requirements, she said.
However, city officials said that the proposed site impacted the future development possibilities for the Renfro-Hidden Creek Parkway intersection due to its proximity.
The Gas Well Review Committee met with Devon Energy to explore other options, Melton said, and shifted the pad site north which would still access the minerals and leave more developable land at the future intersection.
However, she said, the shifted pad also moves the wellheads within 500 feet of six residential lots, of which all residents provided waivers allowing drilling.
Melton said that the new option leaves seven acres and 550 feet of frontage for future development.
“I would really much prefer more of a site planning process that comes forward where the entire property is planned so that we get a better sense of how the site will develop,” said Mayor Ken Shetter, who cast the sole vote opposing the permit. “Anytime on the other sites when the industry representatives came to me, I told them that’s what I would like to see and that’s what I need to see before I was ever comfortable approving a site that affected one of our major corridors.”
In other business, the council:
• Approved a resolution amending Finance Policy 003 – Procurement to provide for verification of GSA approved vendor status.
• Renewed a services agreement with Blackboard Connect, Inc.
• Conducted a public hearing and approved a re-plat and a commercial site plan for Self Storage Solutions, located at 2032 W. Farm-to-Market Road 917.
• Conducted a public hearing and approved the first reading of a request for a specific-use permit allowing for a religious institution in an agricultural district for Burleson Church of Christ located at 1150 N.W. John Jones Drive.
• Approved a waiver for landscape requirements and a commercial site plan for Burleson Church of Christ.
• Conducted separate public hearings and approved first readings of requests for specific-use permits allowing a roof-mounted solar system, located within single-family 7 zoning district at 1205 Downwood Drive, 309 S.W. Dian Lane and 550 Meadowbrook Drive.
• Conducted a public hearing and approved the first reading of a request for a zoning change from single-family dwelling district 7 into single-family dwelling district 10 and approved the first reading of a request for a specific-use permit allowing for a religious institution for the St. Ann Catholic Church addition located at 100 S.W. Alsbury Blvd.
• Conducted a public hearing and approved the first reading of a request for a zoning change from single-family dwelling district 7 into general retail for Lakewood Plaza located at 2510 and 2520 S.W. Wilshire Blvd.
• Conducted a second public hearing regarding voluntary annexation of land located at 2601 S. I-35W in the eastern portion of the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction.
• Adopted a resolution directing the publication of notice of intention to issue $7.5 million of certificates of obligation, series 2011 to be paid with water and wastewater system revenues.
Council member Chip Stephens was unable to attend the meeting.
The next meeting is March 21.