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Council will review concrete plant

As part of their operations out at UMore Park, Dakota Aggregates and its sister company Cemstone Products will operate a concrete facility that will provide products for construction projects all over the Midwest.

This spring, the company plans to build a temporary concrete production facility that will run for the next 18 months as they construct a permanent enclosed facility that will operate for the course of the company’s mining operations at UMore.

The planning commission has recommended approval of the actions after holding public hearings at which no one spoke.

The company has requested as part of its interim use permit to operate the concrete production facility 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Senior planner Eric Zweber said city staff is supportive of the 24-hour operations as things stand now. As residential development moves into the area, Zweber said, the city will want to review the IUP to evaluate whether operating hours need to change to account for people living near the facility.

When creating the large-scale zoning ordinance that governs the operation, the city did not write provisions for 24-hour operations in. Zweber said at the time staff felt like that should be addressed by a permit that could be reviewed on a routine basis.

The University of Minnesota has plans to develop a residential community on its UMore property. The next step in that process will be amending the city’s 2030 Comprehensive Plan. Zweber said the university has not submitted a request for the amendment as of yet.

Zweber said the mining facility will operate all year long. Cemstone provides concrete to projects throughout the Twin Cities.

For example, Cemstone provides products for the reconstruction of the Lafayette Bridge. He said for that project much of the work is being done during the night and weekends.

The IUP also address truck traffic concerns staff had. Under the permit trucks will have to access County Road 46 either by Station Trail or Akron Avenue. The truck will not be able to use Biscayne Avenue or any of the current UMore roadways to access County Road 42.

The Rosemount City Council will consider approval of the two actions for seasonal and primary facilities at its May 20 meeting.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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