CANTON — A public hearing on plans to turn a vacant, wooded parcel on Rte 44 into an industrial park could be held on Sept. 17.
That date is suggested in a report from Town Planner Neil Pade to the planning and zoning commission on an application from Satan's Kingdom LLC to rezone 30 acres from residential to industrial. The commission meets on Aug. 20 and could vote then to formally accept the application for review. Given the timing requirements for scheduling a hearing, Pade is recommending to the commission that it hold the hearing on Sept. 17.
The land that the developer wants to build on staddles Canton and New Hartford. Earlier this summer, Satan's Kingdom got the planning and zoning commission in New Hartford to rezone the land in that town from residential to industrial.
Satan's Kingdom LLC has proposed the same thing that it did in New Hartford, although the plan for the Canton parcel calls for leaving part of it as a nature conservation area, Pade said.
Plans for the industrial park have sparked an outcry from residents in Canton and New Hartford and people from outside the area. The land in New Hartford abuts the Farmington River and some said the river could be harmed. People who live on Mohawk Drive in Canton have also spoken against the proposal, saying they do not want an industrial park in their backyards.
The application that was submitted to the commission last week did not give any indication of the uses or potential tenants that might on the property once it is developed.