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County still eyeing ways to gain development control

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County officials said they actively are working with state legislators to enact changes that would return some control over development to the local level.

Precinct 2 Commissioner Richard Elkins is working with Kendall County Development Engineer Mary Ellen Schulle to fine-tune the language they would like District 73 State Rep. Kyle Biedermann to take with him to the legislative session in January, or whoever wins that seat in the November election. The submission process at the state level begins in November, and county officials said they welcome the public’s input.

“This is a group project, we need to get input into specifically what we’re looking for,” Elkins said. “I am optimistic about our opportunities and our chances, but we will need our citizens backing.”

Judge Darrel Lux said citizens should contact Biedermann and District 25 State Sen. Donna Campbell with suggestions and concerns.

“You need to call or e-mail and kindly ask our representatives to provide us with the tools we need to continue to make Kendall County a great place,” Lux said.

Precinct 4 Commissioner Don Durden suggested the county also work with the Cow Creek Groundwater Conservation District and the Hill Country Alliance to help understand what kind of power they need to help regulate night sky preservation and noise ordinances.

“Our developments are linked to their ability to provide water,” Durden said.

Lux said there is also a need to look at impact fees and incompatible land uses that have so far been pushed through without any regulatory power at the local level.

“This is our opportunity to ask, and we should ask,” Lux said.