At Tuesday evening’s regular session of the Huntsville City Council, there was much discussion from councilmembers and citizens over setting annexation hearing dates for discussion of SHSU’s planned research park.
The research park is planned for a 160-acre lot owned by development consultant Charles D’Agostino east of Huntsville on Highway 19 and Ellisor Road. The developer is interested in having the City extend water and sewer lines to the property. Sixty acres of the land would be donated to the university for the research park, the rest would be available for mixed-use and a hotel and convention center.
Grants have been applied for by the city to help pay for some of the cost of utility extension.
Several local citizens had issues with the research park. Some citizens offered alternative sites for the park requiring less utility expense. Another issue was the concept of annexing tax-exempt land to the university. Several voiced the opinion that the council needed to slow down on the annexation process and utility extension process to examine the issue more thoroughly and also ensure that property owners living in the area were properly notified and considered regarding its impact on them.
Indeed the Council voted to move the public hearing dates to a later time. Councilmember Don Johnson explained . . . .
Mayor Mac Woodward instructed City Secretary Lee Woodward to compile the evening’s comments . . . .
SHSU will be updating the council at their next planned meeting on the 17th on a planning study from Tipton Associates. The study should include an estimate on wastewater and water consumption at the proposed research park.