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January 8, 2013

MAPC gives canola plant TIF unanimous nod

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ENID, Okla. — Rezoning

MAPC commissioners also unanimously voted Tuesday to recommend rezoning 80 acres of land at 525 W. Southgate for use by an oil field service company.

The tract under consideration is situated south of Southgate in the section immediately east of Van Buren. The tract would be bounded on the west by the Union Pacific main line, which runs east of existing businesses at the intersection of Van Buren and Southgate.

Dallas-based Longfellow Energy LP requested the land be rezoned from A-1 general agriculture to I-2 light industrial, to be used as an oil field equipment storage yard and operation offices for the company.

According to a company statement filed with its request, Longfellow Energy intends to use the Enid yard as the company’s divisional headquarters for operations in the Mississippi Basin south and east of the city.

The Longfellow division headquarters would service “thousands of acres of leases” between Enid and Hennessey, and “would create little new heavy equipment traffic through Enid by virtue of the fact nearly all of their work would be south of Enid,” according to the company’s statement.

The acres under consideration for rezoning lie just outside of Enid city limits, which follow the west right of way of the Union Pacific tracks along that section, north to Rupe. Existing light industrial properties lie to the west and north of the tract under consideration.

Enid planning administrator Chris Bauer told MAPC commissioners Tuesday county commissioners have requested Southgate be upgraded to an industrial street to support the project. The upgrade would require increasing the street construction to eight-inch concrete with acceleration and deceleration lanes at least 200 feet from the BNSF main line.

An engineering site plan for the street improvements still is under development by Longfellow Energy.

Other considerations that will have to be addressed if the rezoning is approved include access to sewer and water services.

Bauer told MAPC commissioners an existing six-inch city of Enid water line, which currently ends near Van Buren and Southgate, could be extended east to service the Longfellow yard. An existing city sewer line also possibly could be extended to meet the yard’s demands, Bauer said.

MAPC commissioners voted to recommend Garfield County commissioners rezone the 80 acres. The matter now will go to the county commissioners for a final decision.

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