Hendersonville Lightning: Applicant withdraws request for asphalt plant

The asphalt company owner seeking a rezoning to allow an asphalt plant in East Flat Rock has withdrawn the application. . .

The proposed plant had set off a broad-based opposition campaign from neighbors, environmental activists, summer camp owners and others, saying that the plant would cause air pollution and water pollution, hurt property values and undercut the area’s appeal to new residents and tourists. Shipman had argued that the plant would meet all environmental regulations, would be hidden from view by a tree buffer and would provide good-paying jobs.

“We received a letter from the applicant’s attorney indiacting he was withdrawing that and that concludes the process on the county’s side,” said John Mitchell, the county’s director of business and community development. “There’s no open application.”

Could the zoning application be refiled? “It could be,” Mitchell said. “Property owners in the county are entitled to petition for the use of their property and Mr. Shipman could certainly file for that use or some other use at a date in the future.”. . .

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