Five Star Investments LLC had requested a conditional use permit to operate a trucking company at 3000 East Terra Lane, to dispatch semi-trucks from the location and park trucks on the site when not in use.
After a second reading at the April 25 meeting, the O’Fallon City Council defeated a bill [No. 7085] sponsored by Ward 1 council members Dave Hinman and Rick Lucas, on a 5 to 4 vote, declining the conditional use permit to allow a motor fright terminal in a C-3 zoned [highway commercial district] at 3000 E. Terra Lane.
The site has an existing 1,500-square-foot building and a large, asphalt-paved parking lot, with the perimeter of the lot surrounded by large boulders and bollards. The operator had estimated that 50 to 60 trucks could be on site, with the normal number being about 29. Hours of operation for the dispatch station were to be 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Truckers were to have 24/7 access to the site. Mobile service trucks would have been allowed to provide tire maintenance only take place outside in the open. Drivers and employees would have had access to the restroom located in the building at all times.
The conditional use permit would have included specific restrictions to prevent truckers from sleeping on site in the building or in trucks, prevent any maintenance work except tire changes, prevent parking of any derelict trucks or trailers, and prevent any long-term storage of trucks or trailers.