Roseville City Council rejects proposed asphalt plantby Dan Olson, Minnesota Public Radio
Roseville, Minn. — The Roseville City Council has unanimously voted down a proposed asphalt plant opposed by nearby residents.
Mendota Heights-based Bituminous Roadways wanted to build the plant in a section of the northern metro suburb zoned for heavy industry. Roseville Mayor Craig Klausing said the council rejected the proposal because the plant doesn't fit a newly amended city ordinance worded to prohibit asphalt making.
"Because of the link between the outside storage of materials, concern that they couldn't meet those performance standards that was another basis for denying the conditional use permit," Klausing said.
Klausing said the vote was based on an earlier action to amend the city regulations.
"We had amended the ordinance generally back in October of this year to prohibit certain types of industrial uses that would have a higher impact on the surrounding neighborhood," he said. "There were a number of them. One of them was an asphalt plant."
Neighbors across the freeway from the proposed asphalt plant organized an intense lobbying effort, objecting to plant odors and increased truck traffic.
Bituminous Roadways had said a new Roseville plant would allow it to close a smaller plant located in a heavily residential area of south Minneapolis.