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Maple Park Village Board approves rezoning over residents’ opposition

Published: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 10:41 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 7:28 a.m. CDT

MAPLE PARK – The Maple Park Village Board on Tuesday approved a proposed rezoning for a business despite multiple residents repeatedly opposing the plan.

The board at its regular meeting voted 5-1 in favor of rezoning a 2.2-acre parcel at 402 S. St. from residential use to limited industrial use for A&P Grain Systems. Trustee Terry Borg cast the opposing vote.

“I’m very disappointed that the Village Board would do this to the residents of Maple Park, considering 41 residents at the last public hearing 100 percent opposed it for quite a few reasons,” resident Lauri Heyob said.

Heyob was one of 10 people who attended the meeting and one of a handful that spoke against the rezoning during the public comment portion of the meeting. She and other residents think the rezoning could lower property values and continue noisy activity coming from the business.

A&P Grain President David Altepeter addressed some of the residents’ concerns during a presentation before the trustees voted. A&P Grain Systems requested the proposed rezoning so the business could add a commercial building that will include an office, shop and warehouse.

Altepeter argued the property values could go up with the proposed changes on the business parcel.

Borg questioned Altepeter’s future plans for the site. He proposed that the parcel be rezoned to a B-2 general business use instead of industrial in an effort to please the business and the residents as well. Borg said he will consider proposing another rezoning of the property, this time as B-2, but it’s a question of timing.

Altepeter’s site plan and building process is subject to review by the village, said Kevin Buick, the village’s attorney.

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