Council Tabled Decision on Power Plant Rezoning

Lufkin city leaders are giving North Lufkin residents more time to understand why their community was chosen to build a bio-mass plant. After a public hearing at city hall Tuesday night, council members realized the citizens still have more questions.

The council was supposed to vote on the first reading of an ordinance to rezone ten acres of land in North Lufkin to build the power plant. Instead, they want residents from that area to have more time to voice their concerns about the construction of the multi-million dollar facility.

North Lufkin was chosen for the project because most of the land in that area is already zoned for heavy manufacturing use.

"We wanted to try to get every one of their questions answered," said Mayor Jack Gorden. "It really is a good project and these jobs will be above average pay and we've worked hard to try to attract that type of thing to Lufkin without much success."

The council's decision to approve the first reading of the ordinance is now on hold. A town hall meeting will be held within the next few weeks by the company that is building the power plant.