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FEDC works to remedy El Rancho Grande Industrial Park
Jesse Perez (second from right), executive director of the Floresville Economic Development Corp., reviews plans for the El Rancho Grande Industrial Park May 8 with Wilson County Pct. 2 Commissioner Paul Pfeil (from left), Wilson County Attorney Russell Wilson, and Ralph Gerhardt of the Wilson County Development Review Committee.
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Industrial park not compliant with various county rules
FLORESVILLE -- Defi-ciencies at the El Rancho Grande Industrial Park have come under scrutiny by the Wilson County Development Review Committee. These include the lack of street names, 911 addresses, and infrastructure. The committee raised its concerns with Floresville Economic Development Corp. Executive Director Jesse Perez during its May 8 meeting.
Despite the fact that the FEDC has owned the industrial park on F.M. 537 for 11 years, the park’s streets remain unpaved and there is no utility infrastructure on the 300-plus-acre property.
The committee told Perez that each of the subdivided plots within the park must have 911 addresses, which cannot occur without street names approved by the Floresville City Council. This is because an interlocal agreement between the FEDC and the county provides that the city will maintain the roads, despite being located outside the city limits.
The council is set to discuss the issue at a May 16 special meeting, for which Wilson County Emergency Management Agency Coordinator LeAnn Hosek told Perez he must provide the county with a certified copy of the minutes, which reflect the approved street names. Hosek said development permits can be issued once this matter is resolved.
The FEDC must also pay to have a drainage study performed, because of a zero-impact rule that prohibits any new development from increasing area storm water flow. The study, which Perez estimates could cost $40,000 to $50,000, will determine whether a detention or retention pond will need to be dug in El Rancho Grande.
“The study might show that you don’t need a retention pond,” said Edwin Baker, coordinator of the Wilson County Health and Public Safety Office. “But if you don’t do the study, you don’t know that.”
Infrastructure also is lacking in the industrial park. Perez said the FEDC is working with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to obtain a driveway permit and to gain approval to bore under F.M. 537 to access an 8-inch waterline on the other side of the road. He also said TxDOT is requiring a 32-foot setback from the highway to allow for a landscape easement, for which the corporation must obtain approval from the owners of each of the affected plots.
“We believe most of the traffic will come from U.S. 181, so we will need a deceleration lane,” Perez said.
The landscape easement also will allow enough room to add a left-turn lane for westbound traffic, he said.
But until the matter of highway frontage is resolved, Ben Wiatrek of the Floresville Electric Light & Power System said the company cannot install power lines for fear they would be placed in the TxDOT right of way.
The committee voted, at the conclusion of the discussion, to table any action until its meeting in June.
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