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Village trustees reject truck parking lot

In a split 3-2 vote, the Plainfield Village Board rejected a site plan for a 90-space truck parking facility at the Plainfield Small Business Park on Route 30 just south of 135th Street.

The board voted down the site plan at its Monday night meeting.

The applicant had originally proposed a 124-space lot but was asked by the village to reduce it to 90, said Director of Planning Jonathan Proulx.

Aside from the truck lot, the site plan also shows a plan for two multi-tenant retail buildings to be constructed at a later date.

The proposed site — which is across from the Harvest Glen subdivision — has been zoned as industrial since at least the early 1980s, according to Proulx.

Trustees Margie Bonuchi and Cally Larson supported the proposal, saying that the owner of the property has a right to build the parking lot according to entitled zoning that predates the residential neighborhoods in the area.

Trustees Harry Benton, Kevin Calkins and Brian Wojowski voted against the measure. Trustee Larry Newton was absent.

Calkins and Benton expressed concerns about increased truck traffic leading to unsafe road conditions.

“I just watched a truck blow through a red light today,” Calkins said. “Is this the type of business we want to bring to Plainfield to attract more trucks?”

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