The Porter Plan
Commission approved an amendment to the site plan for the Anderson Trucking
training and maintenance facility planned for 1555 U.S. 20, next to Shelton
Fireworks at its meeting Wednesday night.
Minn.-based Anderson Trucking previously planned a 36,000-square foot
training and maintenance facility with parking for 135 tractor-trailers and
secured entry at the site, which the Town Council agreed to rezone from B-3,
General business, to I-1, Light Industrial, in January.
Anderson now say they want to make the building 1,900 square feet larger and
add some additional employee parking because they’ve gotten a lot of
inquiries about jobs and because they like the site’s proximity to I-94.
Town Planner Jim
Mandon said his only concern was drainage/retention, but Porter Building
Commissioner Michael Barry said the site’s drainage plan has been changed to
accommodate the additions. The Planners approved the amended site plan
In February, the
Planners approved an estimate for Mandon to start work on a new Town
Comprehensive Plan not to exceed $4,500. Mandon had estimated that he would
spend almost 100 hours between April and August on data collection,
population projections, a future thoroughfare plan, a future land use map,
and conclusions/recommendations to complete a new draft plan.
The Planners never
forwarded the proposal to the Town Council for their review; however, so
they asked Barry to forward the proposal last night.
Albrecht-Mallinger asked the others’ thoughts on starting to gather public
input on a new plan. The general consensus was that doing so before Mandon
has finished his data collection would be premature. Mandon said the data
will be an important tool for the Planners to have as they seek the public’s
The Planners agreed
they will have to take special care in gathering public input amid a
pandemic. Long-time Planner Jim Eriksson said, “Last time we did this,
nobody came,” 16 years ago, when the current plan was written. Mandon has
suggested a series of workshops or smaller meetings in neighborhoods could
be most convenient for residents.
A public hearing on
proposed amendments to the Town’s sign ordinance was postponed until next
month because notice of the hearing was not published 10 days in advance, as
is required in state law.