A proposal to rezone 77 acres in Freedom Township from A-1 agriculture to M-1 industrial is on the agenda of the April 1 meeting of the Wood County Planning Commission.
Luckey Farmers, W. Main Street, Woodville, has filed the application with the commission for the zoning change to construct a grain elevator at the site.
The property is located at the northwest corner of the intersection of State Route 6 and CSX rail tracks.
Pemberville Road sits about 2,800 feet to the west of the site; Stein Road is about 1,800 feet to the north and Bradner Road is about 1,600 feet to the east. Land to the west, north and east are zoned for agricultural use and land to the south is zoned M-1.
The plan commission staff is recommending the proposed zoning change as a fitting use of the land and the county land-use plan designates the parcel as being located in a “prime farmland/rural countryside area.”
Andy Swerlein, general manager, said the company plans to also expand an existing agronomy center near the parcel where the grain elevator is planned.
“We bought additional land at Bradner recently and want to expand,” he said. “We owned five acres and bought an additional 70 or so acres for an elevator. “
If the zoning change is approved, the company may be able to start preliminary excavating work this spring and begin construction by the late summer or early fall.
“We still have quite a few approvals to go through, including approval from the railroad for a siding we’re putting in,” Swerlein said.
The location and proximity to a rail line will give the proposed facility access to more markets.
“With the size and speed that harvests come off we see an opportunity and niche for us to have a facility that will service that area better,” he said. “Currently we don’t have any major rail access that can ship 100 cars at a time. This will give us the ability to reach additional markets for our members.”
Luckey Farmers also has facilities in Curtice, Graytown, Lemoyne, Lindsey, Oak Harbor, Perrysburg and Sugar Ridge.
The plan commission is also scheduled to hear a proposal to place a Perrysburg Township zoning issue on the November ballot.
The township trustees have passed a resolution to ask voters to enact zoning in unzoned areas of the township. A recommendation by the plan commission is also needed for it to reach the ballot.
The unzoned area is south of Five Point Road, east of Lime City Road, and north to State Route 795.
Residents of the area will vote to decide whether or not to adopt zoning. Currently, there are several types of land uses, ranging from agricultural to industrial, according to the plan commission.