An estimated 150 or more neighbors and interested parties electronically attended a neighborhood capability meeting Monday, many expressing opposition to a proposed asphalt plant at the Spartanburg Highway and U.S. 25 interchange near East Flat Rock.
Jeff Shipman of SE Asphalt has requested that the county conditionally rezone 6.5 acres off Spartanburg Highway to construct a new asphalt drum plant. . .
Neighbors shared concerns about air and water pollution, increased traffic, noise, odor and potential toxins from the plant, health issues, decreased property values and operating hours, and questioned if the plant is needed.
Warren Sugg, project manager at Civil Design Concepts in Asheville, spoke on behalf of the applicant at the meeting. Some attendees expressed frustration that Shipman was not the one answering questions. . .
The neighborhood compatibility meeting is one of the first steps in a lengthy process, Radcliff noted. The project still has to go in front of the planning board and then to Henderson County commissioners, who will ultimately make the decision to either approve or strike down the project. . .
The Technical Review Committee will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 16 to discuss the project.
The planning board will then review the project at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 18. The meeting will also be held electronically. To submit questions prior, go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HCPB_SEAsphalt.
The planning board can only make a recommendation on the project, and suggest conditions. The board has 45 days to make a recommendation.
The earliest the commissioners could hold a public hearing is the beginning of August, according to Radcliff.