Government
11:02 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Peoria County denies zoning request for Dollar General

The Peoria County Board rejected a developer’s zoning request to build a Dollar General Store in Limestone Township. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports:

 The proposal was to re-zone some property along Farmington Road from residential to commercial. Multiple residents spoke out against the request last night, expressing concern about increased traffic.  County staff recommended denial of the request. Zoning director Matt Wahl says the proposed change didn’t match the County’s land use plan:

 “Suitable land uses allowed for this type of rural land use designation on the map: those are agricultural, open=space, rural residential and conservation design residential. The rest of the uses listed here - general commercial which is one of them - it’s not suitable for,” Wahl says. The Board voted down the request 12 to six. In other news, the Board approved a settlement agreement with Waste Management that will in part increase the company’s dumping fee. The settlement will generate $140,000 a year in additional revenue. The County Sheriff’s Office is also partnering with Bradley university students. The duo has an on-line pledge encouraging people to honor the driving cell phone-free law. The pledge encourages Hands-free devices