Rockton

Village of Rockton, Illinois

The Winnebago County Zoning Board of Appeals voted 2-2 regarding a special use permit request for an asphalt plant at Black's Quarry near Rockton. 

The Rockford Register-Star reports it comes after testimony by residents over the past two months.  They worry the project, sought by Northern Illinois Service Co. of Rockford, will affect their health, property values, and the environment. 

Village of Rockton, Illinois

Discussion continues over a proposed asphalt plant at Black's Quarry near Rockton.  

The Rockford Register-Star reports Northern Illinois Service Co. wants a special use permit to build the facility.  However, residents are concerned about disruptive effects of the plant, including a lowering of property values and poor smell.

Village of Rockton, Illinois

Discussions surrounding a proposed asphalt plant near Rockton were pushed back to January. 

Northern Illinois Service Co. had filed for a special use permit to build the plant on unincorporated land at Black’s Quarry.  However, more than 100 Rockton residents voiced their opposition at a five-hour Winnebago County Zoning Board of Appeals meeting Wednesday. 

Village of Rockton, Illinois

More than 100 Rockton-area residents packed into Rockford's Veterans Memorial Hall for a Winnebago County Zoning Board of Appeals meeting.  Over the course of five hours, they voiced their objections to the construction of an asphalt plant near the village.   

Village of Rockton, Illinois

Rockton officials unanimously approved a resolution opposing the construction of an asphalt plant.   

Northern Illinois Service Co. submitted a special use permit request in October to build the plant along Black's Quarry on Illinois Route 2.  This site is on unincorporated property just outside Rockton.

However, residents expressed their concerns about increased noise, odor, truck traffic, and a possible decline in property values.  City officials sided with more than 100 residents in approving the resolution at Tuesday's meeting.  

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