Timeline of Events
Beginning in January 2013, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) began preparations to ship the Mississippi Sand mine’s product out of their facility on Route 71. To do so, ADM is trying to do several things:
– change Ottawa’s zoning language of “R” Rural to include a clause allowing shipment of sand and grain. (completed)
– Annex their lands (3 parcels) into Ottawa (pending)
– Obtain new zoning of “R” Rural for the parcels (pending)
After several false starts (from violations of the Open Meetings Act), here is a timeline of what has progressed in our fight at the ADM terminal:
April 1, 2013: The Ottawa Plan Commission met to discuss a proposed amendment to Section 10B of the City of Ottawa Zoning Ordinance (“R” Rural Conditional Use”). The proposed amendment would add as a conditional the following:
“Barge Fleeting operations for trans-loading and hauling of grain, sand, including silica sand, gravel or other non-hazardous granular products, and using equipment buildings and/or silos for storage and shipping of such for market, but not including manufacturing”
Essentially, this amendment now allows the shipping of grain AND silica products under the “R” zoning, where the original language limited shipping to only grain.The Plan Commission submitted a recommendation to the City Council to adopt the new language.
May 8, 2013: The Ottawa City Council approves the new language for “R” Rural.
May 21, 2013: The Ottawa City Council met to discuss the zoning and annexation of the ADM properties. ADM is requesting annexation if and ONLY IF they receive the new “R” zoning, thus, the zoning recommendation must be completed before the annexation request is voted on. The issue was referred back to the Plan Commission for a recommendation.
June 19, 2013: The Plan Commission met in a special joint session with the City Council to discuss recommendations on the zoning request. The Commission decided to recommend the “R” zoning, but held off on discussions of the Conditional Use restrictions to be associated with it.
June 24, 2013: The Plan Commission met to discuss “R” zoning Conditional Uses. They more or less came up with 8 restrictions to recommend to the City Council:
1) Pave roads with bituminous asphalt leading into the facility on parcel 2 (middle parcel), wet clean as necessary
2) Keep Parcel 3’s (East parcel) boat channel open, limiting the ADM fleeting and docking widths to 2 barges max
3) No engine braking on premises, Post signs on property and Rt 71.
4) Hours of operation 7am-7pm M-F, 7am-12pm Saturday
5) No outside, uncovered storage of sand, silica sand, or gravel
6) owners must comply with all state/federal laws and regulations related to proposed use
7) ADM must obtain a building permit for a covered loading system that transfers the sand to the barges
8) Changes or Future use of Parcels 1 and 3 (west and east parcels, resp) are subject to new conditional use application and hearing.
July 15, 2013: The Plan Commission will officially adopt their meeting minutes, and send their recommendations on the “R” zoning and conditional uses back to the City Council.
August 6, 2013: the City Council will meet to discuss the Plan Commission’s recommendations, and vote on the annexation, zoning, and conditional use requests.