The Fort Worth City Council on Tuesday denied the rezoning of a 41-acre site off of Randol Mill Road in east Fort Worth to an agricultural designation that would allow a gas compressor station.
The council voted 8-0, with Councilman Sal Espino out of town, to uphold the recommendation of the city’s Zoning Commission and deny rezoning with predjudice.
Several residents spoke against the rezoning. Councilman Danny Scarth, whose district includes the site, opened the hearing by saying he planned to seek denial.
“We will examine options on compressor stations in ag zoning,” Scarth said after the vote.
Suggesting there may be situations where compressor stations could work on certain agrilcultural sites, Scarth said, “maybe we need to look setbacks and special exceptions.”
Dallas-based Two Ponds Inc., owner of the property, asked the council to overrule the Zoning Commission's 9-0 denial last month of an agricultural zoning designation.
Chesapeake Energy says it is no longer interested in putting a compressor station on the property. But representatives of hundreds of residents around the site say they're concerned that such a facility would still be allowed.
- Scott Nishimura, Star-Telegram Fort Worth City Hall reporter