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June 3, 2014

Planning, zoning commission to consider bio-diesel facility lots

DANVILLE — REG Danville, LLC wants to move forward with preparing land ready for possible expansion and also to create buffers for the biodiesel facility on Anderson Street.

The Danville Area Planning and Zoning Commission members this week will consider REG’s request to change the zoning of properties including 602, 620, 622, 624, 626, 630, 632 and 640 E. Seminary St.; 519, 521, 525, 527, 529, 531, 533, 601, 603, 605, 609, 611, 705 and 715 E. Madison St.; 201, 203, 205, 207, 219 and 221 Anderson St.; and 130 and 180 N. Collett St. be changed from R2 single-family residential zoning to I2 general industrial zoning for the purpose of future expansion and buffering of the existing biodiesel facility at 300 Anderson St.

In a statement, Bruce Lutes, general manager at REG Danville, said: “REG Danville, LLC. has acquired adjacent land as part of our plans to reinforce and strengthen our biorefinery and to further invest in the Danville community. As plans develop, REG will continue to work and coordinate with local officials and community stakeholders.”

The city council already has approved a licensing agreement with REG Danville, LLC.

City council members entered into an agreement with Bunge Milling in 2006 for the use of certain parcels, owned by the city, in conjunction with the operation and maintenance of the bio-diesel facility.

REG Danville owns and operates the facility now and is acquiring property for operations and maintenance. In lieu of Bunge Milling maintaining a sub-license with REG for use of the parcels, the city entered into a license agreement directly with REG.

A REG representative said there are no specific future plans for the property.

Danville Planning and Urban Services Manager Chris Milliken said the 30 lots requested for rezoning are about 6.5 acres in size. All are vacant lots, as houses have been previously demolished, Milliken said.

REG officials also will move forward with some street and alley vacation requests soon with the city, he added.

Milliken said REG may not have expansion plans today, but the properties could be used for parking and loading areas. The city has not heard any concerns from nearby property owners about the rezoning request.

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