County bond project receives P & Z commission approval
WAXAHACHIE – Jones Lang LaSalle Americas (formerly the Staubach Company) announced the Waxahachie Planning and Zoning Commission has given its stamp of approval to zoning changes necessary for the successful completion of the county’s bond project, approved by voters in May of 2007.
"Two days ago in the latest P&Z hearing, the commission approved the requested zoning change for the jail," said Jon Vidaurri, vice president of Project Development Services.
More than 15 months of planning and coordination preceded the approval.
"The commissioners and I are really grateful and thankful for this approval," said County Judge Chad Adams.
"This is exemplary of our commitment and the city’s commitment to working together, and ultimately our joint commitment to the people of Ellis County to follow through on this bond."
Adams said guidance and insight provided by the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee continues to be strongly appreciated as well.
The Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee was appointed by the commissioners’ court in July of 2007 to allow public oversight of the project throughout the design and construction process.
The committee meets quarterly to hear updates from Vidaurri and County Engineer Joe White, as well as others involved in the process.
Co-chairs Roy Orr of Oak Leaf and Larry Burns of Waxah-
achie head up the 15-member, all-volunteer committee, which includes Cathy Altman, Cheree Barrett, Jimmy Boon, Ken Chambers, Scott Jackson, John Knight, Bill Lewis, James Moon, Charlie Morton, Tommy Rossa, John Tabor, John Wyckoff and Doug Young.
Appointees to the Committee were chosen by the various members of the Court as those who are "recognized by the community as individuals of good faith who will assume the Court’s charge with a sense of commitment and objectivity."
The Committee has set its next quarterly meeting for Monday, Oct. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Historic Courthouse. Members of the public are encouraged to attend.