Developers given more time to fix plan
By RANDY GONZALES
Kendall Krug, chairman for the Ellis County Joint Planning Commission, said the development plan from an oil and gas resource company wasn't well-developed, forcing the company to return to the commission at a later date.
As a result, the public hearing at Wednesday's regular monthly meeting of the board was adjourned, giving the company seeking a conditional-use permit time to put a development plan together that meets the commission's guidelines.
"We could have not approved it, which then they would have had to re-apply and pay the fee and come back," Krug said. "So we decided to just adjourn the public hearing. That way all the paperwork is still in force."
Bill Littrell and his son, Eric, were in attendance at Wednesday's meeting seeking a conditional-use permit for their oil and gas resources company, Excel. They operate their business in Oklahoma and are looking to expand to Ellis County.
"We think this is an opportunity to come into your community and grow," said Bill Littrell, who has been in the oil and gas business since 1981.
Littrell does not own the property where he seeks the conditional-use permit. It is now zoned as suburban-residential. The owner would have to seek the conditional-use permit, or designate Littrell as the owner's agent.
The 4.3-acre property is located at 1602 Buckeye Road.
Krug, who has been on the board four years, could not recall a previous time when a development plan was not ready at a public hearing.
"You feel bad. They came a long ways," Krug said. "They want to do business in Ellis County. This is an oil county, so I'm sure it will work out."
In other business, the board was given three updates from previous business.
* The owner of a trailer sales company which was granted a conditional-use permit does have his business limited to the terms of the permit.
* The Buckeye wind farm project, located northwest of Hays, hopes to start the construction phase by the end of the year.
* The Fort Hays State University wind farm project is scheduled to be completed by Oct. 26.
The commission also set dates for the next three meetings. The next meeting is scheduled for Oct. 23, while conflicts due to holidays have changed meeting days in November and December. Those meetings are set for Nov. 19 and Dec. 17.