November 23, 2001 11:00 pm

A developer who hopes to build an energy-generating plant near Island City will seek a conditional use permit to begin the process.

Sustainable Energy Development Inc., owned by Marc Rappaport, will ask the Union County Planning Commission Monday to grant the permit for property in a heavy industrial zone in Baum Industrial Park.

The planning commission will meet at 7 p.m. in the countys Chaplin Building, 1001 Fourth St. The meeting is open to the public.

Rappaport hopes to buy about 60 acres in the park from the Union County Economic Development Corp., a private corporation. He has said he plans to build a plant that will use wood products to generate about 15 megawatts of power per hour and 15 million gallons of ethanol per year. Rappaport has predicted that the plant will employ between 50 and 75 people and will generate revenue of $25 million annually, $6 million to $7 million of

which will go directly into the local economy.

County Planner Hanley Jenkins said the Baum Park has been zoned for heavy industry, the type that could produce noise, dust, odors and other impacts. Energy-generating plants usually are not considered heavy industry, he said.

Once granted, the conditional use permit is good for one year and can then be renewed, Jenkins said.

Rappaport has said that the plant is expected to have only a minimal impact on the environment and will not discharge into the Grande Ronde River.