Developer seeks smaller setback for cement plant near Mansfield National homes

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More information Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting 6 p.m. Wednesday City Hall, 1200 E. Broad St.

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A residential developer seeking to establish a temporary cement-mixing plant in east Mansfield plans to ask the Zoning Board of Adjustment on Wednesday to reduce the distance required between the plant and the nearest homes.

The meeting is at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 1200 E. Broads St.

Bloomfield Homes is requesting the batch plant at 600 S. Holland Road, about 880 feet south of National Parkway, to provide a source of cement near a subdivision were the developer is subdividing lots and building streets, said City Planning Director Felix Wong.

City ordinance requires a 300-foot separation between cement batch plants and the nearest residential lot. Bloomfield is asking for a 200-foot minimum. The zoning board has the city’s final say on such variance requests.

“It happens all the time, except in this case we get calls because it’s close to people’s homes,” Wong said.

The ordinance allows batch plants to operate up to 120 days, but Wong said Bloomfield is estimating it only needs 60 to 90 days.

Lia Karanian,a resident of the Mansfield National subdivision, said the city’s notice initially sparked concern among the residents until they learned about the planned brevity of the project.

“As long as it’s not going to increase or inhibit traffic in and out of our subdivision or Smith Elementary School, that was the biggest concern for everybody who lives right around here,” Karanian said. “In the morning it always backs up anyway.”

She did say the timing of the meeting – a few hours before the city’s Rockin’ Fourth of July fireworks show, visible from her yard – “is a little inconvenient.”

Robert Cadwallader, 817-390-7641 Twitter: @Kaddmann

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