The Joliet City Council on Tuesday approved a truck terminal and parking facility over the concerns of a councilman who wants the city to first set a policy for truck parking lots.
The facility is planned for the Ketone Business Center, an industrial development along Route 6 that will be at the north end of the Houbolt Road bridge when it is built.
"There is no better place for this development in the city of Joliet," Michael Hansen, attorney for Ketone, told the council before it voted 5-2 for a special use permit.
Hansen said the site already is approved for truck parking, but the special use permit is needed to construct a building to go with it.
The city is in the process of developing a policy for where truck parking lots should go along with creating a PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) program to generate more revenue from parking and terminal operations.
"You've already been vetting this PILOT fee for six months or more," said Hansen.
City officials said the PILOT program could be ready for council approval in November,
Councilman Larry Hug, head of the City Council Economic Development Committee that has been reviewing the PILOT and parking plans, noted the proposed terminal and parking operations does not yet have a known user and said approval can wait.
"It's just a matter of the city doing it right," Hug said. "It's a delay until we have the governing new policy in place."
Councilwoman Jan Quillman joined Hug in voting against the special use permit.
"I'm not against the project at all," Quillman said. "But I do think we need to get the policy in place and then move forward."
The plan for the truck parking and maintenance facility includes a 36,000-square-foot building with truck wash, 796 semitrailer parking spaces, and 185 employee parking spaces, according to a staff summary of the plan. The truck terminal would have a 52,000-square-foot building, 724 semitrailer parking spaces, and 185 employee parking spaces.
The Ketone Business Center includes a 1.2 million-square-foot Target warehouse and a GP Transco company headquarters with truck terminal.