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Trucking company petition likely to keep rolling along

Updated: January 25, 2013 6:10AM

A controversial zoning petition that would turn a vacant industrial building west of Elgin into the home for a trucking company will probably move ahead despite not getting a recommendation from a Kane County Board committee.

The item went in front of the development committee in October with a packed room full of concerned residents from nearby subdivisions. Due to an error in giving notice of the meeting, however, the committee took no action or stance on the issue at that time, although it still heard those who signed up to speak. Opponents said there is too much residential buildup around the area to allow a trucking company there.

Road Handler Express trucking company in South Elgin petitioned for the zoning change in order to purchase a building on Coombs Road just north of Highland Avenue. The building is owned by Northfield Block Co., and was formerly a concrete factory.

The item currently is scheduled to go before the full county board. Because there was no opinion issued in October, some development committee members tossed around the idea of sending it back to committee, which would further delay the petition.

“In my opinion, it’s a discussion that should be started here,” committee member Melissa Taylor, R-Sugar Grove, said.

Taylor is one of the new development committee members.

The development committee has new members and a new chairman following the November election. Assistant State’s Attorney Joe Cullen explained that the development panel members could not prevent the matter from advancing to the executive committee, and advised against sending it back to the development committee in the future.

Asking to send the item back to the development committee could result in an objection from the petitioner on the project and open up the committee to legal issues, he said. Legally, the item needs to appear in front of the zoning board of appeals, and then the county board. Committee members can issue their approval of an item, but even if they don’t OK it, they cannot prevent it from moving ahead to the county board, Cullen said.

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