November 17, 2015

Elm Springs wind farm rezoning put on hold following city council meeting

by Dillon Thomas | KFSM | November 16, 2015 |

A controversial proposal for the creation of a wind farm in Elm Springs was put on hold Monday night (Nov. 16).

The city council unanimously elected to table a motion to rezone the land, in order to give residents more time to look into the company hoping to build the wind farm, Dragonfly Technologies.

Residents of Elm Springs spoke one at a time, telling city officials why they didn’t want a wind farm built in city limits.

Several stood up and argued the wind farm would decrease property values.

“You never know what is going to happen at a city council meeting,” said Harold Douthit, mayor of Elm Springs.

Douthit supports the wind farm.

“I think we made tremendous process,” Douthit said. “Tabling this issue, to me, is not a setback. Tabling this issue is time to sit and study a little bit further, and answer some of the questions that have not been asked before.”

Meanwhile, those who opposed the wind farm, like Jonathan Hamby, said they still hope the wind farm will not come to fruition.

Until then, Hamby said he is pleased with the council not rezoning the land Monday.

“I’m just appreciative to the mayor, and the city council, for giving us the opportunity to be heard again,” Hamby said. “We know we have been heard throughout this process, but didn’t feel like we got responses.”

Citizens have two weeks to submit questions to the city for Dragonfly to answer.

Hamby said he has gathered more than 240 petition signatures to put the issue to a vote.

He said he only needed 108.

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