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Santa Rosa City Council to hear asphalt plant appeal Tuesday

The Santa Rosa City Council on Tuesday will consider the second appeal of the Bodean Co. controversial asphalt silo project.

The council already rejected a West End neighborhood group's appeal of the Planning Commission's approval of the project, which will add three new 82-foot high asphalt towers to the site on Maxwell Drive.

Neighbors concerned about health impacts wanted additional environmental review, but a split council denied the appeal. Those in the majority said all signs pointed to the upgrades actually improving air quality and reducing energy use.

Citizens for Safe Neighborhoods sued the city in Sonoma County Superior Court, but Bodean moved forward with its plans.

The city's Design Review Board in September took issue with the plan, rejecting it on a 3-3 vote.

The company had asked for an exemption from the city's typical height limit of 55 feet.

Members voting against the project called the new towers inappropriate for the neighborhood and not in keeping with the city's zoning policy that envisions the area one day transitioning from its current industrial zoning to a more residential use. Bodean appealed to the council.

Some residents are concerned the council is choosing to hold a public hearing on such a controversial topic on Election Day.

Jennifer Watson, a resident of 10th Street asked the hearing be postponed to give more people the chance to attend, but Mayor Ernesto Olivares rejected the request.

You can reach Staff Writer Kevin McCallum at 521-5207 or kevin.mccallum@ pressdemocrat.com. On Twitter @citybeater


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