Meier Ready Mix requests permit
Meier Ready Mix, Topeka, has requested a special use permit to build a concrete plant in Tonganoxie. The permit will be considered at a public hearing of the Tonganoxie Planning Commission at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 27, in the council chambers at Tonganoxie City Hall.
Plant owner Eugene Meier has 11 other concrete plants, nine of which are located inside city limits. According to Linda Zacher, Tonganoxie city planner, he is used to meeting requirements and concerns of cities.
"He does keep his other sites clean and landscaped, with plenty of attention given to screening and plenty of concern given to his neighbors," she said. "He has a very good reputation at his other locations."
Zacher said Meier had originally looked at a location to the west of Tonganoxie in Leavenworth County, but eventually decided he wanted to be closer to the areas where construction was booming. The site, at the intersection of Leavenworth County Road Five and Laming Road puts him in a central position, easily accessible to many construction areas, she added.
At this point, Meier has placed a deposit on the site, contingent upon his receiving approval for a special use permit there. The land is already zoned I-2, for industrial use, but the concrete plant would require an I-3 use, which requires provisions for slightly heavier industrial uses, she said.
The zoning change is expected to take into account the use of large, heavy trucks, which could require that Laming Road be improved. In that case, she said, Meier might be required to help pay for the improvements. Additionally, she said, the road might have to be widened, or the roadbed deepened to deal with the heavier load. Those matters will be addressed at the public hearing, she said.
The city was required to notify all property owners within 200 feet of the edges of the property being considered for rezoning of the special hearing. Because part of the property borders the Urban Hess Industrial Park, that number was limited to about 10 people, Zacher said. On the side of the property outside the city, all property owners within 1,000 feet had to be notified.
The Tonganoxie Planning Commission has already discussed landscaping, views, traffic and other issues that might concern residents, Zacher said. "We have to look at both side of this and try to address the things that might affect our residents."
"On the positive side, Meier would be very beneficial to the city as a whole," Zacher said. "It would be good for the builders, provide a financial plus, and be a good business."