Warren County residents earn 'victory' in dispute over truck stop construction plans
WCPO Digital Staff , Lanny Brannock
11:52 PM, Jan 24, 2013
11:05 AM, Jan 25, 2013
LEBANON, Ohio - A group of citizens who oppose a new truck stop east of Lebanon are saying they've earned a victory.
Their moral victory came after Warren County Commissioners delayed a vote on construction of the Flying J Trucking Plaza that was scheduled to take place at Thursday night's meeting.
The group of objecting residents said it hopes to find a legal justification to stop the construction because it believes having a truck stop in the area would deter future business expansion in the area.
"People have talked about wanting that to be the gateway to Lebanon. Well we don't want a truck stop to be the gateway to Lebanon. There are better places, you know. Truck stops are needed. Right up the highway there is another exit that would be much more beneficial," said Tony Collins, a Lebanon area resident who opposes the construction.
The truck plaza would sit on 11 acres of land just off Interstate 71 at Exit 32.
The group hired a zoning expert who believes having overnight stays and fast food in the truck stop would be against current zoning laws.
They will have 30 days to put their objection in writing for the council.