After a discussion that lasted more than five hours, the Southlake Planning and Zoning (P & Z) Commission motion to approve the XTO specific use permit application for gas and oil well drilling and production on property located at 651 and 655 East Highland Street did not pass. The vote was 3-4, with Darrell Faglie, Brigham McCown and Robert Hudson voting for the motion, and Shahid Shafi, James Hamel, Joe Lancor and Michael Springer voting against it.
The vote was evaluated by the City’s Attorney’s office on Friday. In a written opinion the City Attorney determined the action constituted a report to the Council and not a recommendation. “Consequently, the item goes to the City Council for consideration and action without a specific recommendation. “ The opinion goes on to say: “Since there was no recommendation to deny, Council may approve or deny the SUP application by simple majority vote.”
After last night’s vote, XTO officials indicated to City staff that they intend to move forward with their application. It is currently scheduled to be on the December 7th City Council agenda.
The item had its first hearing in front of the Planning and Zoning meeting on November 4th. At that time the Commissioners voted to table it to the November 18th meeting.
To read the story and see the video of the November 4th hearing please click here.
For more information about the gas and oil drilling process in Southlake please click here.
To view the November 18th hearing, please click on the video windows below. The hearing is broken up into seven parts for ease of viewing.