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Oswego Residents Raise Concerns Over Possible Concrete Plant

Dec 10, 2016 05:38PM ● Published by Steven Jack

This proposed zoning map shows the location of a possible ready-mix concrete plant located about 3,000 feet west of the Arbor Gate subdivision.

Oswego residents are raising concerns over a proposed 442-acre development that one day could place a ready-mix concrete plant less than 3,000 feet from their homes.
 
The land is loosely bound by Route 71, Minkler Road and backs up to homes in the Arbor Gate, Deer Path Creek and Morgan Crossing subdivisions. (see map attached as .pdf above), and is currently mostly farm land, but does include a massive active gravel quarry. The land is owned by the Carol S. Hamman Trust and Donald J. Hamman Trust.

Representatives of the Hammans came before the village’s Planning and Zoning Commission last week to discuss future plans for the land that include two potential commercial developments at Route 71 and Minkler/Orchard, single and multi-family housing, a business park and the concrete plant.
 
While any kind of commercial or residential development would be years away, the Hamman trusts are currently seeking a special-use permit from the village to allow for the plant. The plant would include at least one 60-foot tower used for fabricating concrete.
 
Residents of Arbor Gate voiced their concerns over the concrete plant, saying noise and pollution would negatively impact their quality of life and the value of their homes.
 
“What research has been done that proves that a ready-mix plant with industrial is a great mix with single family homes nearby?” asked long-time Arbor Gate resident Denise Weselitizs.  “ … Show me the evidence of how this will work and we might consider it, but we’re against it at this point.”
 
Hamman attorney John Phillipchuck said there is currently no timeline nor or a solid proposal for a concrete plant; however, such a land use would be consistent with the industrial activity that has occurried at the gravel quarry for several decades.
 
Rod Zenner, the village’s community development director, said a concrete plant on the facility would have to adhere to village zoning standards regarding noise, vibration and dust. Under village ordinance industrial facilities may not create dust that travels off the property.
 
Ruth Frey, president of the Arbor Gate Home Owners Association said residents are consistently woken up before 6 a.m. by hunters on the 440-acre property, so they worry about the impact of a nearby concrete plant.
 
“The concern of the home owners here, is that right now we hear gun shots from them hunting on the property at dawn, she said. Now we will have westerly winds blowing dust this way as well as the noise.”
 
Upon the request of two other local residents, Angelo Kleronomos and Kenneth Blue, the Planning and Zoning Commission agreed to delay any decision on the development until at least its Jan. 5 meeting when more local residents could be given the opportunity to speak.  
 
If the Planning and Zoning Commission were to give its approval for the special zoning use that would allow the plant, it would still need the approval of the full Village Board. 

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