Children from Montessori School hold signs inside the council chambers to protest a proposed zoning change
A ready mix concrete plant will have to scrap plans to develop a lot in Springfield after Aldermen voted to deny their petition for a zoning change.
The proposed change has area residents worried about the impact on their community and their children.
The property on Bachmann Drive off of N. Peoria Road is currently a residential area but a developer has proposed changing that to industrial to put in a ready mix concrete plant.
Opponents of the zoning change say that clouds and debris from the operation contain toxic chemicals and substances that could cause health problems and the increased number of trucks will tear up the roadways.
Montessori School is also in the area and they petitioned to oppose the zoning change. The chamber was full of families who stood in opposition to the development.
The zoning change was denied with a 9-0 with one voting present.
Alderman Steve Dove, whose children attend Montessori School, voted present because what he called three conflicts of interests--his three children.