Business in County May Stack Containers Five High

Cavalea, a cargo container company, may be approved for a variance that will allow higher container storage.

Channahon Village Board members are in unanimous agreement that the cargo business on Youngs Road should not be allowed to stack containers above three high. Unfortunately, they don't have any say in the matter because the business is located in Channahon Township and variance decisions are up to the county board.

Despite that, village board members approved a resolution opposing the variance requested by Cavalea at its regular meeting Monday night. Mike McMahon, Channahon Director of Community Development, will bring that resolution to the Will County Land Use Committee at its 9:30 a.m. meeting Tuesday.

The variance request passed the Will County Planning and Zoning Commission on Nov. 1 with a vote of 4 to 2. Members Wade Beasley and Kimberly Mitchell, who is a Channahon resident, opposed the variance.

McMahon was on hand at that meeting and reported back to Channahon Village Board members that the owner, Anthony Cavalea, spoke to members of the commission.

"He mentioned that the current site is three high," McMahon said of Cavalea.

McMahon told Channahon board members that the county ordinance gives two criteria for approving a variance. The first is that the owner is facing a plight because of a unique experience. The second is that the change will not alter the character of the locality. But board members disagreed.

Although Cavalea is in an industrial area and is not in village limits, Channahon trustees are concerned that if the variance passes, it will create an eyesore that effects residents in neighboring subdivisions, especially McClintock Acres. Additionally, Channahon Village President Joe Cook has said repeatedly he would hate to see it damage the appearance of the newly opened Rock Run Rookery.

"You guys did such a great job on that Forest Preserve property there," he said.

Channahon village board members are familiar with what happens when a container business stacks their containers too high. Last year, they won a lawsuit against Integrated Industries, resulting in the . The ordinance specified containers couldn’t be stacked more than three high.

If the variance is recommended by the Will County Land Use Committee, it will move on to be voted on by the Will County Board.

bob cumbers November 10, 2011 at 02:34 PM
I'm sure if the container storage was next to you it would be alright to stack 'em 50 high? right. We might as well get rid of the EPA and the Clean Water Act. After all- we all know how great unchecked pollution has been for China.
William November 10, 2011 at 02:46 PM
Nobody said we should let polution go unchecked. This is not about polution. Empty containers do not present a polution problem. Channahon at times smells like a sulfur factory due to the many chemical plants and refineries here. THAT is pollution! You need to understand the difference and let business have a right to operate without WAY TOO MUCH regulation.
Tony November 10, 2011 at 03:31 PM
I would care less about how high the containers were stacked as long as they were on his property, the next thing will be limiting how tall you may grow your tree's, or how high you may fly your kite, or your garden, the list could become endless, leave it alone and find some real problems to solve.
bob cumbers November 10, 2011 at 06:52 PM
do you really want our towns to look like Bolingbrook and Romeoville with the pre-cast concrete warehouse eyesores with semis driving in and out of them 24-7 that line I-55 which are full of made-in-China crap? I rather like being surrounded by trees and fields and open space which we luckily still enjoy around here. the environment is OUR problem-let's be able to let our kids and grandkids enjoy it also
William November 10, 2011 at 07:02 PM
Bob what planet are you on?? You need to move out of this godforsaken town if you want tranquility. Sure we have open space and its not going to go away if containers are 3 high or if they are 5 high...........Use a little common sense here and stop being ckicken little like all the rest of the tree thumpers out there..........(Sorry).........I am a fan of trees and open space too.........Have you ever been on the river in a boat???........You've got some real surprises if you haven't


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