My heart goes out to the residents of the Rompot neighborhood. Despite their objections, they’re receiving a Christmas present from Mayor Hart and the entire City Council (EXCEPT Susie Weinacht) that they specifically did NOT want - that being the “gift” of Cargill’s 12 track 200 railcar lawn ornament for their backyard. And I personally feel the anguish of all who frequent Prairie Park Fishery, the wonderful river greenspace adjacent to Rompot. If you are not familiar with the Fishery, let me tell you that this recreational area is unique in many ways. It has a deep, fished filled, exceptionally clear (by Iowa standards) 65 acre lake and it’s ADA accessible paved 1.7 mile loop trail is family friendly. No amount of “mitigation” by Cargill will spare this gem from the scar of the Rompot neighborhood being rezoned “Industrial.”
I do not dispute that Cargill feels it needs a rail yard to be competitive. It’s likely their operation will run more smoothly as a result of this rezoning “gift.” But what’s REALLY clear is that the needs of the few were given priority over the needs of the many by the City Council. Cargill could have found another site.
CR.org claims that it’s zoning regulations are “a guide to land use decisions that improve and protect public health, safety, comfort, convenience and general welfare” of it’s residents.” Amending the land use of Rompot from Residential to Industrial does the opposite. Only the convenience and general welfare of Cargill was achieved.