Cashion Residents Voice Concerns against Airport Zoning Ordinance

Residents in Cashion, the small community north of Sheppard Air Force Base, voiced their opinions on a possible airport zoning ordinance on Monday evening.

Many residents argue such an ordinance is not needed there.

They expressed their frustrations against the ordinance that would regulate and restrict the height of structures and natural objects above 150 feet.

The ordinance would also prohibit outdoor lighting be directed towards Sheppard and adds limitations to the use of property in the city in an effort to avoid airport hazards.

The Airport Zoning Commission, who also works as the Cashion City Commission, listened to what residents had to say.

Airport Zoning Commission members say the ordinance would not affect the residents of Cashion.

Some residents say Cashion incorporated in 2000 to get away from airport zoning restrictions imposed by the City of Wichita Falls but Wichita County Judge Woody Gossum says Sheppard needs to have all the support of its surrounding communities to ensure its future in the area.

The Airport Zoning Commission voted to recommend a final draft of the ordinance, which incorporates comments from Monday's public hearing, to the Cashion Commission.

The Cashion City Commission will hold a public hearing on April 14 at 7 p.m.

Cashion Commissioners are expected to vote on the airport zoning ordinance during that meeting. 

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