Georgia-Pacific Revises Plans for Massive Warehouse in Response to Lawrence Residents’ Concerns

Georgia-Pacific LLC has revised its site plan for a 1.1 million-square-foot warehouse to remove truck traffic from County F in response to nearby residents’ concerns.


The company has asked the town to rezone roughly 90 acres of agricultural land north of Little Rapids Drive that stretches from County F to Mid Valley Drive. It wants to build a large warehouse that will allow it to consolidate five existing warehouses spread across the Green Bay area.


During a presentation during Monday’s Planning and Zoning Board meeting, Lawrence Administrator Patrick Wetzel said the company submitted a revised site plan on Aug. 20 that moves the entrance to the massive warehouse to Mid Valley Drive rather than County F, also known as Williams Grant Drive.


“As a result of the public comment that was submitted in writing, by email and verbally, the applicant turned in a new layout on Thursday,” Wetzel said. “The new layout proposes traffic access on Mid Valley Drive, not on County F.”


Residents of homes on Williams Grant Drive and in the nearby Bain Brook Estates subdivision have flooded town staff and elected supervisors with concerns and comments opposing the original layout.


Town residents, some of whom have lived there for almost 20 years, said the estimated 75 semitrailer visits per day, or 150 total trips on County F per day, would make the area unsafe for families in the area, as well as for schoolchildren at Hemlock Creek Elementary School further north on County F.


The town’s Planning and Zoning Board did not vote on the rezoning request on Monday. Wetzel said town staff still has to evaluate the revised plans before the board takes action.


Wetzel laid out a tentative timeline that would see the Planning and Zoning Board consider the rezoning request on Sept. 9, after which the town would host another public hearing on the project. The public hearing would be held before the town board takes up the rezoning, which Wetzel said should happen by the end of September.


“There will be another public hearing after this body (Planning and Zoning) has made its determination so you can be heard,” Wetzel told the meeting’s in-person and virtual audience.

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