Rezoning application in Franklin County proposes Heavy Industrial Zone change, right next to Tar River

by Jill Howell, Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper

There is currently a rezoning application before the Franklin County Board of Commissioners that would allow the construction of an asphalt and concrete plant, rock quarry, and mulch yard right next to the Tar River in Louisburg.

Wade Moore Equipment, a Maryland-based company, is requesting to rezone 189.38 acres at 934 East River Road in Louisburg from Light Industrial/Residential/Conservation District to Heavy Industrial, to allow for the expansion of an existing sand mine that has been operating since 1968, and to also include an asphalt and concrete plant, rock quarry, and mulch yard. The Franklin County Future Land Use Plan indicates this property is intended for Agriculture Residential Uses.

Heavy industry operating right next to the river, like the proposed asphalt and concrete plants and rock quarry, put our water resources at great risk. There will likely need to be de-watering of the rock quarry, and discharge from the asphalt and concrete plant. In addition to water quality threats, air quality due to emissions from the asphalt and concrete plant, as well as noise concerns for nearby residential neighbors, also present a concern.

This is no place for an asphalt and concrete plant and rock quarry. Allowing industry to operate adjacent to our waterways threatens the health of our waters and those communities downstream.

There is an opportunity for the public to weigh in and make their concerns heard to their County Commissioners before this issue moves to the state permitting level.

This issue will be before the Franklin County Commission (virtual) meeting on Monday November 16 at 7:00 p.m. 

The public may also view or listen to the meeting via Zoom (see instructions below).

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Franklin County Residents, make your voice heard!

PUBLIC COMMENTS

If you would like to speak at the meeting, you MUST register by emailing publiccomments@franklincountync.us before 12:00 pm (noon) on the day of the meeting. You must include your name, address, comment topic, phone number you will be calling from and email address. The time limit for each speaker shall be five minutes with a total time limit set aside for informal public comments totaling 30 minutes.

PUBLIC HEARING
Members of the public who would like to participate in public hearings can share their comments in one of two methods:

  • Share comments during the meeting using Zoom via audio or video. If you wish to address the Board, you must register at publiccomments@franklincountync.us before 12:00 pm (noon) on the day of the meeting. Please include your name, address, public hearing topic, phone number you will be calling from and email address. You will be recognized by the Chairman for comments in the order that you registered.
  • Email written comments to publiccomments@franklincountync.us before 12:00 pm (noon) on the day of the meeting. Please include your name, address and public hearing topic. Comments will be shared with the Board and made part of the official record. Written comments received within 24 hours after the hearing is closed will also be shared with the Board and made a part of the official record.