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Residents Oppose Trucking Terminal

Questions raised about the storage of product.

Residents Oppose Trucking Terminal

A room full of residents filled a Plan Commission meeting Wednesday to oppose a trucking terminal company that wants to move to Caledonia.

Plans presented by George Buchmeier, a developer representing Time Transport, include building a 12,000 square foot building at 5231 Highway 41.

The trucking company owns 40 semi-tractors and 160 dry van trailers, which would haul freight of all kinds, according to planning documents.

To move forward, the project would requires changing the land use plan so the zoning of the property could be changed from A-2 general farming II to residential district II to B-5 Highway District.

Julie Anderson, zoning administrator for the Village, said the proposed use is consistent with the land use plan. But the Plan Commission would need to recommend the land use plan be changed before a zoning change could be made on the property.

If the Plan Commission recommends the proposed change to the Village Board, they would have the final say on making the zoning change.

However, a resident of the village brought up the issue of the storage of products on the property, said Ron Coutts, the Village President.

Members of the Plan Commission asked staff to do further research on the issue and bring the information back to the next meeting.

Coutts said a joint meeting of the Plan Commission and the Village Board will be held, possibly on June 7.

The next meeting would allow the two groups to discuss the issue, but public comments would not be allowed, Coutts said.

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