Zoning Board Approves Amended Land Plan for Mill Race Development Area

By: Brad Broders
By: Brad Broders

The mill race crossing industrial park is labeled as the biggest and most ambitious plan ever undertaken by Freeport or Stephenson County. And Wednesday night, the dream of thousands of new stateline jobs is one step closer to reality.

Stephenson County's zoning board of appeals unanimously agrees to an amended land use plan at mill race crossing. It now goes to the full county board for final approval. Mill race crossing is a five-thousand acre plan on both Freeport and Stephenson County land.

The zba agrees to an updated land map. It spells out which territory can be developed for business and manufacturing, and which land must remain agricultural. If approved, mill race crossing would be developed in seven phases across 23 years. The hog processing center trim-rite has signed a letter of intent to set up on the park's initial plat of land. Some residents living within mill race crossing expressed concern over traffic and proposal's land size. However, the zba believes the plan is good for the county, all while protecting agriculture.

The Stephenson County board is scheduled to vote on final approval of mill race crossing's land use plan at its Feb. 15 meeting.

The state of Illinois is deciding whether or not mill race crossing development area is eligible for tax incentives. A final decision on that is expected by the end of March.

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