A judge on Wednesday refused to block construction of three new storage silos at a Santa Rosa asphalt plant. Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Elliot Daum denied a request by neighbors to halt construction of the 82-foot-high silos at the BoDean asphalt plant north of Railroad Square.
A Santa Rosa neighborhood group has turned away taxpayer dollars and instead is paying to print its own newsletter to avoid what it considers censorship by City Hall.
Santa Rosa is being sued for allowing an asphalt plant to add three massive storage silos without requiring a report analyzing the environmental impacts. Citizens for Safe Neighborhoods filed its suit in Sonoma County Superior Court last month challenging the City Council’s approval June 19 of a permit for the Bodean Company project. The group, made up mostly of residents who live in the West End neighborhood near the Maxwell Drive plant, claims the city twisted local zoning and environmental rules to approve the project.
A Santa Rosa asphalt plant will be allowed to add three huge new storage silos without the additional environmental study demanded by neighbors worried about air quality and other impacts. Dozens of neighbors appealed Tuesday night to the City Council to require the additional study, but many also supported the Bodean Company’s application for upgrades it says will lessen the impact of plant operations on the neighborhood just northwest of downtown.