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A proposed concrete plant near Pacific will find out Tuesday if it has permission to operate.

Neighbors of the proposed plant are appealing the Franklin County Planning and Zoning Commission’s approval of a conditional use permit. The appeal will be heard by the Franklin County Board of Zoning Adjustment Tuesday, July 22, at 7 p.m. at the county’s government center in Union.

A four-fifths vote is needed to overturn the permit.

Opponents of the proposed Landvatter Ready Mix Facility at Old Route 66/West Osage Street across the street from the MoDOT facility near Pacific, formally filed for the appeal Friday, June 13.

Landvatter requested the CUP to build and operate a ready mix plant in Franklin County. He has two other concrete facilities, one in Kirkwood and one in St. Charles.

The zoning commission granted the CUP with a narrow 6-4 vote March 18.

Chairman Bill Evans, Co-Chairman Jay Schultehenrich, Donald Voss, Tim Reinhold, Ray Cunio and Joe Feldmann voted in favor of the CUP. Tim Baker, Dan Haire, John Fischer and Russell McCreary voted against the permit.

The permit was approved despite strong objections from residents living along Old Gray Summit Road who asked the council to reject the plant.

Neighbors of the proposed plant spoke out heavily during the permit process citing concerns over dust, noise and traffic issues. All of those issues were included in the appeal filing.

The neighbors, led by Kelly Brothers, have teamed up with the Great Rivers Environmental Law Center to get the board of zoning adjustment to reverse the decision.

In addition to the neighbors’ issues, the appeal addresses concerns from the Shaw Nature Reserve.

Prior to the plan board’s decision, Reserve Director John W. Behrer wrote a letter urging the commission to reject the CUP.

Behrer said the plan would be within 600 feet of Shaw Nature Reserve, within 2,400 feet of the reserve’s wetland area and within 3,600 feet of the Dana Brown Overnight Center.

Property owner Lyndon Stelzer told The Missourian in March he was planning to build a dog kennel on the site before he got an offer from Landvatter to buy the property. Stelzer said if the permit wasn’t approved, he would likely go back to his original plan and build the kennel so the site gets some use.

The board of zoning adjustment hearing will have at least one alternate board member. Vice Chairman Fred Thatcher said he would recuse himself from the process because he is the real estate agent for Landvatter.

The board of zoning adjustment is made up of five members and two alternates. The board members are Chairman Gordon Upchurch, Thatcher, Joshua Green, Carl Ridder and William Walker. The alternates are Katherine Shaw and Andy Geisert.