Public hearing for Severance Energy Park postponed until later date due to application error
September 22, 2015
After finding a second mistake in the legal description of his 555-acre property northeast of Severance, Martin Lind requested that staff postpone the first public hearing on the project.
The hearing would have taken place at Wednesday's Planning Commission meeting at 6 p.m.
The error is the second of its kind since Lind first submitted a request for the Severance Energy Park's rezoning, annexation, concept plan and comprehensive plan amendment on May 20.
As was the case with the first description error, staff asked Lind to resubmit the application when corrected, which will restart the full review process for the third time, Assistant Town Administrator Nicholas Wharton said.
Staff will reschedule the first public hearing for the project at a later, yet to be determined date, Wharton said.
The meeting would have been the first opportunity for the community to give feedback on the project, including comments from residents taking issue with its proposed heavy industrial zoning and Lind's hope to add a gas processing plant at a future time.
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In an earlier interview, Wharton noted that while the main focus of the project for the residents has been the plant, it is not a formal part of the application and the public hearings will only cover the park's annexation, rezoning, metropolitan district proposal, comprehensive plan amendment and concept plan.
Concern has also sprouted around possibility that future businesses could use the property's two lakes — the Baldridge and Schneider Lakes — as water sources for commercial and industrial uses.
Opponents have established a website, Facebook page and online petition where residents can get copies of the concept plan and dates for town meetings on the application.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the petition had garnered 518 signatures out of the 1,000-signature goal.
To view the petition started by Severance residents go to http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/noseverancegasplant.
For more information on the park and for future updates on the public hearing, go to http://www.townofseverance.org/.