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Kane delays action on Elgin trucking company relocation

Updated: September 18, 2012 7:20PM

GENEVA — The efforts of a trucking company to move into a rural neighborhood on the western outskirts of Elgin have been stalled.

The Kane County Development Committee Tuesday tabled a discussion about allowing Road Handler Express of South Elgin to move into a vacant factory building along Coombs Road just north of Highland Avenue. The Northfield Block Co. operated a concrete block manufacturng operation there until a few years ago and still owns the property.

Committee members said they will discuss the project again once they have more information about the petition.

Road Handler Express has about 50 trucks but would generate only about two to three trips per day, according to the petitioner’s attorney.

Several residents of nearby subdivisions appeared at the meeting to speak out against the proposal.

The lot is zoned for B-3 industrial use, but could not be used as a truck terminal unless the county issues a special-use permit for that. A final decision on that must be made by the full county board.

The county’s development department staff recommended approving the truck terminal, saying that use would be consistent with other industrial properties in the area such as a vehicle repair shop next door. But during a hearing last week, the county zoning board of appeals voted unanimously to recommend denial after 52 residents of nearby subdivisions traveled nearly 20 miles to Geneva to argue against the request.

ZBA Chairman Joe White said last week that the ZBA voted “no” largely because the surrounding area, which was farmland when the B-3 zoning was approved in the 1950s, has since become mostly residential, with completion of the Highland Springs, Wildwood Valley and Wildwood West developments.

Residents say they also are worried about noise, air pollution, water pollution and traffic hazards if a truck terminal moves in nearby.

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