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Controversy in Cashion: Airport Zoning Ordinance

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The city of Cashion held a town hall meeting Monday night to discuss a potential airport zoning ordinance.

Residents of the small community packed city hall Monday night.  All eyes and ears were attentive to the town’s city attorney, as he outlined the draft of the city’s airport zoning ordinance.

The city attorney said, the point of the ordinance is to show the federal government and Sheppard Air force base that the city supports the base and its operations.

Many residents Newschannel 6 talked to at the meeting said it was the first time hearing or seeing such an ordinance.  

The eight page document outlined a list of restrictions that residents would have to follow if approved by the city commissioners and the mayor.  Some of the zoning ordinances in the current draft include:

·         Height Limitations: infrastructure within city limits could only stand at 150 feet above land.

·         Density and Use Regulations: to reduce possible injury and damage from aircraft incidents; land owned by residents may only be used for growing crops, keeping or raising livestock, but excludes the sale of agriculture unless it is conducted as a resident’s home occupation.

·         Outdoor Lighting Restrictions: ensuring no outdoor lighting fixture are directed towards the airport.

Residents Newschannel 6 spoke to said, they are not opposed to an ordinance, but only if it means helping Sheppard Air Force base stay in Wichita Falls, and residents get to maintain control of the way they utilize their property.

The biggest issue many residents brought up in the meeting was a lack of communication.  Many residents said Monday night’s meeting was the first time they had heard or seen such an ordinance.

The city attorney said, changes to the ordinance can still be made.  An open hearing is scheduled for March 25th at 7:00p.m. and during that time residents can voice their concerns prior to the city commissioners and the mayor taking up a vote.

Jimmie Johnson, Newschannel 6