The Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce is joining the fight against a proposed wind farm in southern Nueces County, near Chapman Ranch.
As we’ve reported, the city council passed a resolution opposing that wind farm, which lies within the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction.
The city is also attempting to annex that land.
The company trying to build the wind farm is APEX Clean Energy.
The Chamber of Commerce, like many city officials, thinks this wind farm will hurt economic growth on the southside.
So, they’re lobbying the state legislature, asking lawmakers to give Corpus Christi the power to control any economic development within its E.T.J.
If the legislature grants this request, annexation may not even really be necessary, and that would mean the city would not have to provide utilities out in that area.
Of course, the state legislature doesn’t resume until next January. So, annexation is much more plausible for this particular project.
The Chamber admits this move is really more of an attempt to control any future development that might come up in lands where the city is set to expand some day.
City council members have said they aren’t against wind farms, they’re just against a wind farm so close to the southside.
Council members believe development like houses, and shopping centers will be a lot more valuable to the city than a wind farm.