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Posted: Sunday, February 17, 2013 4:30 am

Disparate opinions on the Killeen City Council have made it difficult to negotiate a major land deal that has been in the works for more than two months.

Local real estate mogul Bruce Whitis has asked the council to endorse his 1,400-acre residential development south of the city limits for the creation of Bell County Municipal Utility District No. 2. Bell County MUD No. 1 exists near Belton.

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      4 comments:

      • Hacksaw posted at 7:05 am on Mon, Feb 18, 2013.

        Hacksaw Posts: 33

        Pretty good deal really; for the developer. Get the tax payers to fund the utilities that have to be installed then he gets to sit around and count his money for two years before he starts to build. Then, maybe, the city will annex the land and assume all the costs of city services.
        All created by your good friends in the Texas Legislature in Austin.
        Welcome to the big time folks.

         
      • Viktor posted at 7:00 pm on Sun, Feb 17, 2013.

        Viktor Posts: 316

        Come on Eliza! Clearly this developer wants his own city. Many will want to move to Pottersville. Oops I mean Whitisville or whatever they want to call it. People will be clamoring to pay high taxes to lay down infrastructure while relying on nearby Killeen to use their police force to keep the peace.

         
      • Viktor posted at 11:16 am on Sun, Feb 17, 2013.

        Viktor Posts: 316

        Let's say this idea was proposed by Joann. Could we then expect Jared to be more agreeable?

         
      • Eliza posted at 9:40 am on Sun, Feb 17, 2013.

        Eliza Posts: 539

        @ “At some point you just say this is a partnership and we have to trust each other.”-------

        The partnership would also include, the thousands of tax payers who make up the city of Killeen ,and who as has been told, in the future, could also have an interest. Can they place a trust in the Whitis project?

        Since most of the discussion about this project has been done behind closed doors in work shops,The people/citizens themselves haven't any knowledge concerning it ,and which the council are suppose to have gathered in their interest.

        With the number of purposed housing units, plus the park areas, pools, paths and other greenery additives to make up the described, supposed dream community,
        It would seem to the visionary, what some have said they fear,a densely packed group of housing.
        Which can end up instead of looking like a community after a few years, look rather like someone's idea of a project instead.

        I believe the below statements, are a problem before approval should be given by the city council for its tax payers to become involved in the Whitis project.
        Killeen is having a hard time at the moment making certain its own codes are being followed by citizens, without having to be concerned an area which at the time are under no code regulation. And then there is the problem of city money going to pay for city workers going into county territory to work.

        And then too ,who will police the area of 4,000 houses and the people living there? Would it be county, city ?

        With Killeen having had a problem, and still in need of more safety and security protection,with just 1 added person per house, its adding on a lot of responsibility to Killeen's law enforcement agency if they are the ones who would be deemed responsible.

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        The council also requested that the buildings constructed in the MUD meet basic city building codes. However, the city has not found a method for enforcing the codes without sending inspectors, who are paid through city salaries, into the county properties.
        County buildings are not required to meet building codes.



         

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