By Justin Cox

Killeen Daily Herald

Councilman Larry Cole said the council's land use/development committee is a waste of everyone's time.

And it is a committee Cole chairs.

So with that sentiment, shared by several other committee members, there was little surprise that after more than four years, the members voted 4-1 to dissolve the ad hoc committee.

The city council must approve the recommendation first.

Councilman and committee member Otis Evans said the committee's time has come and gone.

"Any specially designed committee must have a life span, and this one has run its course," Evans said at the meeting Wednesday.

Councilman and committee member Juan Rivera agreed, noting that the city council and the planning and zoning commission are just going to have to hash out the same old arguments over and over that the committee does.

It only makes sense, he said, considering he and the other councilmen "have to discuss this again and again."

The lone committee member to voice opposition to dissolving the group was developer Bruce Whitis.

Whitis said he was appointed to the committee to ensure the builders' and developers' interests were represented properly. Whitis expressed concern that those interests could be on the wayside as time progresses.

Cole asked several staff members that they continue to include Whitis and other developers in any meaningful discussions in the future.

Contact Justin Cox at or (254) 501-7568.

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