North Smyrna area residents were not happy with a plan that will turn 34 acres of land across from their development into a new facility for Waste Industries.
But an attorney speaking on behalf of the developer made the argument that developing the land between the Del. Route 1 and U.S. Route 13 interchange would be consistent with the community character.
Just a few thousand feet down the road is a Delaware Department of Transportation maintenance yard.
An ordinance that would rezone the 33.4 acre site on the south side DuPont Parkway from suburban reserve to industrial was introduced at Tuesday's New Castle County Land Use committee meeting.
From there, a 15,040 square foot industrial building would be constructed where Waste Industries will move from their current location in Townsend.
The site where Waste Industries looks to expand is located north of the town limits of Smyrna and across from the Village of Savannah, a community of single family homes. The company, which has locations throughout the tri-state area, has outgrown its current Townsend location and wants to expand so that it can continue to serve the southern New Castle County population, said Larry Tarabicos, the attorney speaking on behalf of Waste Industries.
"Waste Industries has outgrown its Townsend facility and needs to move or leave the area," he said. "They're looking to expand."
Residents living in the Village of Savannah don't want to see their community turn industrial though.
"Garbage trucks will ruin our property value," said resident Hershell Nash. "We don't mind having neighbors, just send us someone else."
The Smyrna location would not have trash or recycling on site – it would only house the trucks. The only other uses at the site, Tarabicos said, would be truck maintenance and administrative.
Trash would continue to go to one of six Solid Waste Authority facilities in the state.
Despite this, residents expressed concerns with safety – as the interchange is already a traffic nightmare, some said – property value, and water quality.
Deed restrictions that would be recorded with the plan would require putting monitoring wells in place to ensure that the water remained clean, Tarabicos said.
Other deed restrictions that would safeguard against noise and other uses would also be recorded with the plan if it is passed by New Castle County Council.
The county Planning Board was deadlocked with its vote, with three members in favor and three opposed to the rezoning.
State Senator Bruce Ennis (Smyrna) spoke on behalf of his constituents Tuesday, opposing the plan and asking why this location was chosen.
"Neighboring properties near the Village of Savannah area are agricultural and residential and should remain as such," he said.
Page 2 of 2 - County council will vote on the rezoning at its Feb. 26 meeting.