NOTICE:
ASPHALT DRUM PLANT PLANNED IN EAST FLAT ROCK,
NORTH CAROLINA

A conditional rezoning application #R-2020-03-C has been submitted on behalf of SE Asphalt – Jeff Shipman on May 1,2020, which requests Henderson County conditionally rezone a 6.5 acre portion of land, currently owned by Dustin Gosnell of DGP HOLDINGS LLC and Nathan and Kelly Byrd of NKMR VENTURES LLC, to a conditional district to construct a new asphalt drum plant located off Spartanburg Hwy (US 176) in East Flat Rock, North Carolina.

Asphalt drum plants continuously mix aggregate and liquid asphalt with no interruption in the production process and can manufacture asphalt at a high rate. According to SE Asphalt, the production capacity of the proposed plant will be 200 tons per hour.

Conditional Districts allow for the Board of Commissioners to place conditions on the property to address community concerns and make the proposed development compatible with adjacent uses.

REASONS FOR CONCERN:

Known Toxins
Asphalt fumes are known toxins. Asphalt processing facilities are major sources of hazardous air pollutants such as formaldehyde, hexane, phenol, polycyclic organic matter, and toluene. Exposure to these air toxics may cause cancer, central nervous system problems, liver damage, respiratory problems, and skin irritation. Read this EPA Emissions Assessment Report on Hot Mix Asphalt Plants.

Loss of Property Value
A property value study conducted by the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL) documented losses of up to 56% because of the presence of a nearby asphalt plant. Read the BREDL study documenting property value losses over half a mile away from an asphalt plant in Pineola, North Carolina.

Health Impacts
In another study by the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL), 45% of residents living within a half mile of a new asphalt plant reported a deterioration of their health, which began after the plant opened. Read the BREDL study conducted in the Bethel-Cullasaja community, the site of an asphalt plant permitted to produce 180 tons per hour of paving asphalt (slightly smaller than the proposed SE Asphalt plant).

WHAT YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW:

1

Contact the Henderson County Board of Commissioners and Let Them Know You Oppose the Proposed Rezoning
Let the decision makers who approve or deny this application know your concerns about how a hot mix asphalt plant will affect the health, environment, and economy of East Flat Rock and its community members.

2

Submit Your Statement of Opposition for the August 20th Planning Board Meeting DEADLINE: Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 11:45 pm
Let the Planning Board know your position on this conditional re-zoning application. The Planning Board is tasked with making a recommendation to the County Board of Commissioners who will have the final approval or denial authority.

3

Attend Henderson County’s Planning Board Meeting Thursday, August 20, 2020 at 5:30 pm
This meeting is open to the public and will take place IN PERSON at the Blue Ridge Conference Hall on the Blue Ridge Community College campus (Technology Education and Development Center building, 49 East Campus Drive, Flat Rock, NC 28731). There are currently no plans to offer an option to connect by Zoom. Masks will be required. Social distancing will be enforced. Signs and posters will be allowed. Public comments will be heard at this meeting. There is a 3 minute maximum per speaker. Speakers will be called in order of signup sheet (first come, first called). The 9 appointed members of the Planning Board will hear and consider these comments before submitting a recommendation to the Board of Commissioners.

4

Sign This Petition Opposing the Proposed Rezoning
Let Henderson County officials know you oppose both the rezoning application and the process that was followed to notify potentially affected residents of East Flat Rock.

5

Join the Friends of East Flat Rock Say No to Asphalt Plant Facebook group
Connect with other members of the East Flat Rock community and discuss your concerns.

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MountainTrue

“As Green Riverkeeper with MountainTrue, I stand firmly opposed to the asphalt plant proposed for East Flat Rock. We know from experience that these operations are pollution factories that spew toxic gasses into the air, foul waterways, and threaten the health of local communities. Nobody wants this, and the County’s own zoning ordinance prohibits development of an asphalt plant here, so we are calling on County leaders to stand by the existing development rules and deny the request to rezone the property in question.”

Gray Jernigan, Southern Regional Director, MountainTrue
Times-News

“East Flat Rock residents organizing to fight a proposed asphalt plant say Henderson County should do more to notify neighbors of plans for polluting industries. They’re right.

Jennifer Heaslip, Managing Editor, Times-News
Liquidlogic Kayaks

“We employ 60 people in our Henderson County manufacturing facility. Many of our employees are outdoors-people and took jobs with us because of the great paddling, mountain biking, hiking, and wilderness recreational opportunities here. If this goes through, I won’t want to live, recreate, or work here.”

Shane Benedict, Co-Founder, Liquidlogic Kayaks
Pro Painting and Drywall

“This asphalt plant will hurt our air quality and deter people from visiting and moving here. I vehemently oppose the rezoning for the purpose of this construction.”

Carlos Vigil, Owner, Pro Painting and Drywall
Highland Lake Inn & Resort

“If there has to be another asphalt plant, it should be built somewhere further away from populated areas already zoned for that type of use.

I know there are regulations that must be followed to try to minimize air and water contaminants, but I worry about what happens when things don’t go right. That happens far too often and we have too many necessary clean-ups of previously regulated sites already.”

Jack Grup, Owner, Highland Lake Inn & Resort
Historic Flat Rock Inc.

“As an organization that protects and preserves historic and cultural sites, Historic Flat Rock, Inc. opposes the building of the SE Asphalt Plant in East Flat Rock.

Victoria Flanagan & Missy Schenck, Historic Flat Rock, Inc.
Statonwoods Homeowners Association

“Please advise the Board of Commissioners to reject the rezoning application. Please protect the citizens and natural resources of our county.”

Heather Bryant, President, Statonwoods Homeowners Association
ISharpenIt

“If this is rezoned, what’s to stop other industrial businesses from doing the same thing in any area they want to have rezoned? Pandora’s Box will be opened. That means zoning codes is futile and no community is safe. Say NO to SE Asphalt.”

Terry Bozon, Owner, ISharpenIt Sharpening Service

The proposed site of this asphalt drum plant (outlined in red) is on the northwest corner of Highway 176 and US Highway 25 (Exit 7 on Highway 25), within one mile of hundreds of single family homes, small farms, the Green River Game Lands, and the Eastern Continental Divide. The headwaters of Laurel Creek, which feeds into the Green River gorge, is less than 300 feet from the proposed site.

Proposed site for asphalt drum plant planned in East Flat Rock, NC

This document showing the timeline of the rezoning application review process was created by Janna Peterson, Planner III at Henderson County (jpeterson@hendersoncountync.gov) and uploaded to the Henderson County website at 10:38 am on Thursday, June 4, 2020. No planning process timeline had been published for this rezoning application prior to this date.

Conditional Rezoning Application Planning Process for Asphalt Plant in East Flat Rock, NC