Corbin H. Crable
The Edgerton City Council acted swiftly on news it may be home to a 312,000-square-foot warehouse June 17, reviewing a host of regulations for Logistics Park zoning at its work session last week.
Earlier in the day, City Administrator David Dillner posted an announcement on the city’s website that the Allen Group had submitted an application to rezone 16 acres owned by BNSF from Agricultural Zoning District to Business Park Zoning District. If approved by the city, the property would house a warehouse/distribution facility for Leawood-based Demdaco, a business that specializes in figurines and collectibles. According to Dillner, the facility would employ approximately 150 people and would receive a hefty 75 percent tax abatement. The city plans to pay for the project through industrial revenue bonds, although Dillner did not disclose the amount.
Edgerton’s Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on the rezoning application next month.
The Logistics Park zoning regulations, presented to the council by the Allen Group’s Patrick Robinson, include lengthy regulatory statements about lighting, signage and architectural design standards, but little on issues such as diesel emission requirements. What regulations are offered do not specify where idling vehicles may park on the property. According to the section on diesel emission requirements: “Except for loading/unloading operations, heavy duty diesel vehicles with a gross vehicle weight of over 14,001 pounds shall be restricted from idling on site for no more than five minutes in any 60-minute period. For loading/unloading operations, idling shall be restricted to no more than 30 minutes in any 60-minute period.” Exemptions apply to emergency vehicles or vehicles in extreme hot or cold weather, according to the regulations.
Robinson said he believes the regulations are an effective blueprint for the design and operation of structures related to the intermodal facility.
“We feel the Logistics Park district will be pretty uniform throughout,” he told the council.
Dillner said he agreed.
“This is designed to protect the Allen Group’s properties … and adjacent properties as well,” he said.
A related statement, according to the regulations, is that “…residential uses should be discouraged from locating near the L-P District to protect the industries from residential complaints.”
In other business, the council:
• heard a presentation on the U.S. 56 corridor management plan from Jeff McKerrow of TranSystems. McKerrow notified the council that the project should be done within the next month (see related story on www.gardnernews.com.
• reviewed the city’s property maintenance code.
The council will next meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 23 at City Hall, 404 E. Nelson St. The council is meeting Wednesday instead of Thursday due to potential conflicts with Edgerton Frontier Days, which begins the evening of Thursday, June 24 and runs through the evening of Saturday, June 26.