Oregon City Council unanimously approved a zoning change following a public hearing for E.S. Wagner, of 840 Patchen Road, for the operation of a concrete crushing facility at 2215 Navarre Avenue.
Lewis J. Wagner, the applicant for the zoning change, requested that the parcel be rezoned from M-1 Light Industrial to M-2 General Industrial.
An E.S. Wagner official said the expansion may mean more jobs.
A public hearing on the matter was held on March 16 by the Oregon Plan Commission, which voted 5-0 to recommend approval of the rezoning application.
The rezoned parcel is located on the north side of Navarre between the city border and I-280, according to Jim Gilmore, commissioner of building and zoning.
“E.S. Wagner has a storage and repair yard located on this parcel,” Gilmore said to council. The concrete crushing facility would be located just north of the storage building.
In M-1 zoning, all processing operations have to be within a building. In M-2, such operations can be outside the building, which is why the property has to be rezoned, said Gilmore.
Mayor Mike Seferian said that a small portion of E.S. Wagner’s property is already zoned M-2.
“In essence, E.S. Wagner could probably put that concrete crushing operation in that little parcel and operate business,” said Seferian. But it is a better fit, he added, to extend the M-2 zoning to the western portion of the parcel, which makes it more practical.
The parcel was rezoned with the following conditions:
• Sound from the concrete crushing facility will not exceed 75 decibels as measured from the property line;
• The concrete crushing facility will incorporate dust control measures;
• Landscaping buffer will be installed along the frontage of Navarre Avenue.
E.S. Wagner has agreed to the conditions.
Seferian said the Environmental Protection Agency has regulations that the company must follow.
“There are standards that have to be adhered to,” he said.
Councilwoman Sandy Bihn said it is the city’s responsibility to ensure E.S. Wagner complies with noise issues.
“Sound and noise are administered by the city, not the EPA,” said Bihn. “EPA does regulate emissions and dust control. So if there’s a noise problem here, it would be the city to administer and not the agency. I would hope we would be vigilant on that and make sure it is adhered to in case people in the area are adversely affected by it.”
Although the noise level would mostly impact Toledoans who live near the facility rather than Oregon residents, noted Bihn, “they do live there, and we should respect that.”
Mike Pfeiffer, of E.S. Wagner, said the new facility would add jobs, though he didn’t disclose how many.
“We currently don’t operate a crushing facility. By having this changed to M-2, it will allow us to bring potentially more employees on to operate the facility and so forth,” said Pfeiffer.
Also at the meeting, council approved a contract with One Call Now, which includes a GIS mapping system that would allow the city to notify the public by telephone of emergencies or events.
The system is used by Wood County, Northwood, Millbury, Walbridge, Lake Township, the Northwestern Water and Sewer District, and Rossford.