TECUMSEH — People who reside close to the Tecumseh Products Co. plant website who raised issues that an industrial hemp facility might be constructed close to their houses can breath a sigh of reduction.
At its assembly Monday, the Tecumseh City Council took step one towards altering the place industrial hemp processing vegetation might be positioned within the metropolis. That step was to have the primary readings of a pair of ordinance amendments that will take away hemp amenities as a particular land use in industrial districts and add that particular land use to property designated for expertise, analysis and growth, or TRD.
This comes simply two weeks after the council accredited hemp amenities as a particular land use inside areas zoned for industrial use, or I-1. Proceeding with making hemp amenities a particular use within the I-1 districts made positive town had requirements in place, Swallow stated.
While there are just a few areas within the metropolis zoned I-1, primarily the previous Products property south of East Cummins Street between South Evans and South Maumee streets and a few neighboring parcels in addition to town’s industrial park alongside Industrial Drive south of Russell Road, the one property zoned TRD is the Business and Technology Campus on the east finish of city off East Chicago Boulevard.
The metropolis started wanting into regulating industrial hemp amenities when it realized an organization was taking a look at websites in Lenawee and Monroe counties to doubtlessly construct a plant. City supervisor Dan Swallow stated Monday there was no software by any firm to construct that type of plant in Tecumseh.
Feedback town obtained through the technique of enacting the particular land use restrictions was taken to town’s planning fee for consideration, Swallow advised the council.
“Some of the things we heard during our first and second readings of that ordinance was that there are areas of the I-1, or the industrial, district that certainly would not be appropriate for this type of use,” Swallow stated.
People who reside, work or personal property close to or on the former Products plant raised issues about odors from a hemp processing plant and whether or not the expertise existed to successfully mitigate these odors. People stated they wished to have the ability to get pleasure from their yards and didn’t need to have odors negatively have an effect on downtown occasions.
Hemp and marijuana are from the identical household of vegetation, and, whereas hemp doesn’t share marijuana’s psychoactive capabilities, it does have an analogous pungent — generally known as “skunky” — odor. Having many vegetation rising collectively or lower down and saved earlier than being processed into oils or fibers results in a stronger odor.
The discussions about alternate zoning for hemp amenities led to the TRD zoning as a result of the potential work that will be performed at a hemp facility are just like makes use of allowed within the TRD, Swallow stated.
There was additionally dialogue about whether or not to have hemp amenities in each I-1 and TRD, Swallow stated.
“The planning commission’s recommendation at this point was probably not” having hemp amenities in each zoning designations, Swallow stated. “We can go ahead and remove it from the I-1 district. Some of our I-1 district locations are closer to surrounding land uses, even residential land uses. Their recommendation was to also remove it from the I-1 zoning district.”
Council member Ron Wimple requested if transferring hemp amenities from I-1 to TRD would change town’s oversight of any hemp amenities. Swallow stated it will not.
The metropolis has been advertising and marketing the Business and Technology campus for about 15 years with out a lot success, and simply up to now a number of months bought two parcels, one the place an 80,000-square-foot distribution heart is being deliberate and one other the place a 21,000-square-foot industrial facility with an adjoining 3,000-square-foot workplace constructing is being constructed. The campus is bordered to the west by the Kirchhoff Automotive plant. Other close by land consists of woods and farm fields with few residences.