A public hearing will be held before the Village Board of Roberts at 6:30 p.m. on August 17 at the Village Hall to consider an ordinance to amend the Joint Comprehensive Plan between Roberts and the Town of Warren.
The purpose is to update and modify the future land map incorporated in the plan.
This public hearing comes as a result of Project Mallard requiring an annexed area to be rezoned as light industrial to move forward with a 1.2 million square foot fulfillment center.
Community members have voiced concerns at a public hearing held by the Plan Commission on July 12. The commission approved, shortly thereafter, the recommendation of the TID proposed as a mixed-use district comprising approximately 386 acres in Roberts.
One of the concerns, coming up in numerous conversations around Project Mallard is the flooding of Twin Lakes. It is estimated that the fulfillment center would increase wastewater flow by about 20% to 120,000 gallons per day.
At the July 19 Village Board meeting, the board approved the engineering firm proposals for the wastewater treatment plant permit renewal, as well as two invoices for work being done at the plant. The first was for excavation work and the second for engineering costs.
The board is also seeking a new incoming source of funding from the government that could possibly go towards a project such as addressing the flooding of Twin Lakes due heavily to wastewater treatment plant discharge. No decisions have been made as to where the funds will be allocated, as they can also be put into other operations such as revenue loss as a result of the pandemic.