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Shelby County Plan Commission denies rezone request for land-clearing operations hub, mulch distribution center

A rezoning request from Combined Asset Development, LLC, to build a hub and maintenance center for a land clearing operations business was denied Tuesday night by the Shelby County Plan Commission.

The 32.37-acre proposed location west of and adjoining 4324 E State Road 244 in Shelbyville would allow Homer Companies, headquartered in Lockport, Illinois, and a related entity to Combined Asset Development, LLC, an Indiana-based site that also would serve as a mulch distribution center.

The property is currently zoned for agricultural use. Homer Companies requested an I2 classification (high density industrial) to proceed with the project that would have easy access to Interstate 74.

Citing the county’s comprehensive plan that recommends residential development in that area, the plan commission denied the request 6-2.

“I think the idea could be a great asset for Shelby County, but it’s just not the right spot,” said plan commission member Kevin Carson.

Noise concerns, water run off from the property and in-ground tile damage were stated concerns for the plan commission.

The proposed business would have sat adjacent to Skyline Drive-In and across E 200 South from St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church.