Douglas County Commission to consider site plan for proposed propane plant near Baldwin City

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The Douglas County Courthouse is pictured in September 2018.

A propane gas delivery business wants to build a 30,000-gallon tank in rural Douglas County to help with local deliveries.

The County Commission on Wednesday will consider a site plan for the business, Heartland Propane, to construct the propane bulk plant on land located on the southeast corner of North 300 Road and East 1260 Road. The 3.5-acre property, which is currently zoned for general business purposes, is near the North 300 Road and U.S. Highway 59 intersection, about 3 miles west of Baldwin City.

According to planning documents, Heartland Propane wants to use the property to house the tank, which would serve as a refill station for its trucks that make deliveries in the area. No buildings are slated to be constructed on the property, but it would have an access drive on East 1260 Road and a gravel driveway surrounding the proposed tank, according to the documents. The company also plans to plant four trees along the western edge of the driveway for screening.

The property is located within Baldwin City’s 3-mile planning area, but the city did not have any concerns with the project, according to planning documents. Additionally, planning staff found that the proposed plan conforms with the county’s zoning and land-use regulations for the unincorporated parts of the county.

The County Commission will convene at 5:30 p.m. for its regular business meeting. The meeting will be open to the walk-in public at the county courthouse, 1100 Massachusetts St., but a link for the public to watch live online is available on the county’s website, Residents may also call in and listen by phone by dialing 1-312-626-6799 and entering meeting ID 910 7590 5822.

Full audio from the meeting will continue to be posted on the county’s website, as usual. The meeting’s full agenda may also be found on the county’s website.

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