Fort Worth contnues to tinker with proposed changes to its regulations for natural gas compressors, looking for agreement between neighborhoods and the industry.
The latest draft - discussed by city staff and council members during Tuesday's pre-council meeting (See video) - would allow compressors, which maintain the pressure necessary to move gas through pipelines, by right in industrially zoned districts and by rezoning to planned develolpment in non-industrial districts.
The current ordinance allows compressors by right in agricultural and industrial districts, and by special exception from the Zoning Board of Adjustment in other districts. The draft would increase minimum distance between compressors and protected uses such as homes to 1,000 feet in non-industrial planned development districts, up from 300 feet if fully enclosed, or 600 feet if not enclosed.
The 1,000 feet could be reduced to 600 with waivers from surrounding property owners or by a City Council vote. Noise standards for compressors would apply to all zoning districts, instead of the current agricultural, medium and heavy industrial zoning districts.
Compressors requiring rezoning to planned development would also require reveiw by the city’s gas drilling review committee, not currently required.
- Scott Nishimura, Star-Telegram Fort Worth City Hall reporter