A new concrete plant has been approved in the industrial neighborhood on Lebanon's south side, but officials are stipulating their approval on the plant complying with state and federal environmental regulations.
Among several new projects approved by the Lebanon Planning Commission Tuesday was the site plan for Orgain Ready Mix to develop about 4.871 acres on Tater Peeler Road at the corner of Maddox-Simpson Parkway.
However, developer Steele Engineering and owner John Manning will also have to meet state regulations regarding sinkholes and waterways before they can build on the property.
Neighbor Dave Aranjo expressed concerns about potential runoff from the plant, since the water would run onto a section of his property.
He said the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) identifies runoff from ready-mix concrete as hazardous waste. "The three biggest mercury producers in the country are concrete plants," he told the commission.
Sinkholes to be plugged?
The Orgain plan also calls for two of three sinkholes on the property to be plugged.
Aranjo pointed out that if those two holes are plugged, the water would have to drain into a third sinkhole which is partially on his property.
Commission Chair "Mac" McCluskey said state regulations might not allow the holes to be plugged, but Manning would need to deal with state officials about that issue.
Manning said his company would retain all water from the site and reuse it. "We won't be dumping anything in sinkholes," he said.
Commissioner Pam Black wanted to know if the property is fenced, and Manning said it isn't, but it could be and the plan does include landscaping buffers along the property line.
The commission approved the plan provided the developer meets all state and federal requirements for safe drainage and runoff.
"Nothing will be done unless the state approves," said Commissioner Kathy Adams.
Pest control and footwear
Also approved by the planning commission Tuesday was a site plan for Cooks Pest Control, a development of about three acres on the corner of South Hartmann Drive and Old Murfreesboro Road. The plan calls for an 8,980-square-foot building facing Hartmann with parking in the rear.
The commission required sidewalks on both the Hartmann and Old Murfreesboro Road sides of the property.
Famous Footwear gained approval to add a 213,200-square-foot warehouse on about 42.78 acres adjacent to the property where the business is already located on Maddox-Simpson Parkway. Charley Dean of Dean Design Group said the building would be located in an area currently used for truck parking.
Lynna Jackman requested approval of a plan of services, annexation and zoning of a 35.96-acre plot at 316 Bethlehem Road in Ward 6.
The commission approved, recommending the plan to the Lebanon City Council.
If the council agrees, the plot will be zoned low-density residential (R-20). This zoning would allow lots of about a half-acre each or approximately 70 single-family homes. But Jackman said she doesn't plan on that many homes and would expect to leave more green space in the development.
Matthew Williams also received approval for a final plat in Spence Creek on Highway 109 in Ward 6. The 3.44-acre section would feature 16 homes, he said. Williams also received a variance allowing the rear setback to be narrower than the regulation distances to allow for somewhat larger houses than had been planned.
In other action, the planning commission also approved final plats for:
A 14-lot subdivision on 8.76 acres on Hickory Ridge Road in Ward 4.
Walker Estates Section 1, Phase VII, a 14-lot subdivision on 4.9 acres on Raden Drive in Ward 1.
The Lehew heirs property, a three-lot subdivision of 9.36 acres on Peyton Road outside city limits but inside the city's planning zone.
Additionally, the commission approved a site plan for an addition of 784 square feet to Tots Landing, a daycare across from Cumberland University at 322 and 324 McClain Avenue in Ward 3.
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