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Section A: General News


Letter: Development moratorium in Floresville




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March 27, 2013 | 1,817 views | 8 comments

Editor:

City council action to deny water and wastewater utilities to a local developer on March 14 in effect created a de facto moratorium against real estate development in the city of Floresville and within the extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ).

When considering the approval of a 17-acre parcel for Pecan Springs RV Park’s request to purchase water and wastewater services, the council voted to table the request indefinitely pending the completion of a “comprehensive water and wastewater capacity analysis.” The city manager informed the council that such an analysis has not even been started and may not be complete for a year or longer.

Denying the utility service request potentially affects all other commercial and residential growth in the city limits and ETJ until such time as the study has been completed.

The Pecan Springs project is owned by the Starnes Investment Group LLC, and is located in the Floresville Certificate of Convenience and Necessity (CCN) district, legally obligating the city to provide water and wastewater to this development project.

What we have is in fact a de facto moratorium against any future development in Floresville if water and wastewater cannot and will not be provided until this study is completed. Whether they realize it or not, the council has effectively shut down business growth, because if one development cannot get city utility services, then the others cannot either.

Furthermore, the city will not receive the tens of thousands of dollars in water and wastewater income from this project. And in addition, the city will likely incur significant new legal fees stemming from this situation.

This is not about one development project. It is about the ability of our community to grow and prosper and to compete for jobs with other nearby communities who can provide city utility services.

I understand that Floresville is currently financially insolvent with a budget deficit exceeding $350,000. Actions such as this can only exacerbate this condition.

JUAN ORTIZ

Floresville
 

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Untrue Resident  
Floresville  
April 2, 2013 11:09am
 
Yea, they should approved the additional wastewater and water usage. Who cares the waste treatment plant needs upgraded and is having trouble handling the waste it is already getting? Yep, the council asking for a comprehensive ... More ›

 
Glenn Quagmire  
Quahog, Rhode Island  
April 1, 2013 12:31pm
 
I ain't rite it for him.

 
Flyguy  
Adkins  
April 1, 2013 11:55am
 
Why is it that people throw so many stones at this new council and mayor? Where was the author of this story last year when M&S presented their pitch on the city? M&S pointed out the city had NO water/sewer model. In ... More ›

 
Concerned Tax Payer  
Floresville, Texas  
April 1, 2013 7:53am
 
Is Floresville still trying to make back room deals?? Have we not learned? Understand this, everyone is watching and we are NOT going to allow anything to get done that the taxpayers do not approve!!! We are watching and listening ... More ›

 
One Voice  
Floresville  
April 1, 2013 6:52am
 
Juan can be very happy he did not create this article - because it is illogical and irrational. To say ANOTHER TRAILER PARK (that would be located in Sutherland Springs) is going to help Floresville - and if not allowed to ... More ›

 
Hijole Raza  
por aqui  
March 31, 2013 9:28pm
 
De veras, Juanito? Suddenly you are an orator? Those of us that know you know that there's no way you wrote this, dude. Spill it. Who had you sign this?

 
One Voice  
Floresville  
March 30, 2013 4:01pm
 
Juan - where do the folks in Sutherland Springs get their water? Meaning the folks that already live there.

 
Concerned Tax Payer  
Floresville, Texas  
March 30, 2013 1:37pm
 
Juan, did you really write this? I have talked to you and YOU don't use this language. Who wrote this for you????

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