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Monroe Co. Reviews Zoning Due To Debated Waste Transfer Station

A resident opposed to the proposed waste transfer station has also filed an appeal to the zoning of the property.

Monroe County officials are now reviewing zoning ordinances related to a widely-debated proposed waste transfer station.

Indiana Green Transfer and Recycling’s proposed facility would be located on Angelina Lane across from the Printpack facility in what’s defined as a light industrial zone.

Many opponents to the facility say a transfer station that expects to move 100 to 200 tons of trash a day does not belong there near residential properties.

The Planning Department gave an opinion letter on zoning to Indiana Green in July, but County Planning Director Larry Wilson says that opinion came from outdated and ambiguous zoning descriptions.

“After consultation with the county attorney, it appeared to be a remote site. And the fact that it was a remote site and was permitted in light industrial doesn’t mean that type of facility should be located in a light industrial,” Wilson says.

The county zoning ordinance was last updated in 1997. County leaders will look into interim changes in January while the entire zoning ordinance is updated.

If the county adopts the changes, a proposal for a trash facility in most zoning areas would need the approval of the Board of Zoning Appeals.

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