Schererville BZA endorses petroleum tank height variance

2012-07-23T20:39:00Z Schererville BZA endorses petroleum tank height varianceBy Chas Reilly, (219) 662-5324

SCHERERVILLE | The Board of Zoning Appeals on Monday granted a height variance for the proposed expansion of a petroleum storage facility, but more approvals are needed before Buckeye Partners LP can begin the project.

Buckeye plans to build three new above ground storage tanks that would be about 65 feet tall and about 200 feet in diameter, said Maryann Ashworth of Spec Consulting LLC, an engineering firm representing Buckeye.

The tanks would be constructed on property at 36 E. Division St.

The variance was needed because the maximum height permitted there is 50 feet.

Ashworth said an external floating roof would be used on the new tanks. The roof would not exceed the height of the tank walls, she said.

Besides the variance, Buckeye also is asking to rezone the property from light industrial/business park to general industrial.

The request could be considered by the Plan Commission in August. The rezone also requires Town Council approval.

Ashworth said Buckeye has filed a wetland permit application with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. The company also is conducting a floodway analysis because the storage facility is within a floodway, she said.

An estimated start date for the project hasn't been announced.

Board President Bill Jarvis said Buckeye has addressed issues expressed by town officials, including one regarding the fire suppression system at the facility.

He said the company has agreed to update the system. Jarvis also said Buckeye works well with the Schererville Fire Department to provide training about handling petroleum tank fires.

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