The Dickson Board of Zoning Appeals granted a variance that will allow the new industry identified as Project Falcon to exceed the city’s height restriction on buildings, but also is asking the planning commission to consider raising the limit. Representing Project Falcon, the still unnamed Fortune 500 company planning to build in the William F. Field-Dickson County Industrial Park, engineer Darrell James said a portion of the planned facility will be 117 feet at the peak of its roof. City codes currently restrict buildings to 40 feet in height, although several facilities in the industrial park have received variances to exceed that restriction. While being careful not to identify the company or its product, James said the tallest portion of the building will house the company’s “vertical process” that uses gravity as part of its manufacturing operation. He said the one-story building will not include employees working on a regular basis at that height, but will have catwalks for maintenance access. Local officials have said Project Falcon plans to make an eventual $165 million investment in the Dickson facility with up to 300 new jobs. The company plans to make an official announcement once the land transaction and necessary permits and variances are completed for the 146 acres on Warren G. Medley Boulevard being given to the company. The board unanimously approved the variance for Project Falcon, but also voted to ask the Dickson Planning Commission to meet with the fire chief and fire marshal to investigate raising the height limit for buildings in industrial zones. The Dickson Fire Department currently has a 75-foot ladder truck and one of the reasons behind the restriction on building heights is the department’s capability to fight fires at that level. City officials say the higher building for Project Falcon will not force the city to purchase a taller ladder truck or cause the city’s insurance service rating to go up, which would result in higher insurance premiums for residents.