Latest News on SE Asphalt2020-09-28T12:29:18-04:00

Latest News on SE Asphalt’s proposed hot mix asphalt plant:

Follow our updates here and join our Facebook group to get the latest news on the conditional rezoning application #R-2020-03-C 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.

The proposed site of this asphalt drum plant is on the northeast 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.

The property is currently zoned Community Commercial, which allows for residential and commercial uses, such as office buildings and retail sales and services. Asphalt plants are not currently permitted and special conditional rezoning must be obtained in order to build a heavy industrial plant in such close proximity to neighborhood homes, schools, and churches.

Latest News on SE Asphalt

903, 2021

Jeff Shipman reapplies to build his hot mix asphalt plant

By |March 9th, 2021|

It looks as if 2021 will be a repeat of 2020. Jeff Shipman of SE Asphalt has reapplied for a conditional rezoning to build his hot mix asphalt drum plant on the northeast corner of Hwy 25 & Hwy 176 (exit 7) in East Flat Rock. The new application (Conditional Rezoning Request #R-2021-01-CD) is being submitted under the name of [...]

1410, 2020

Is Henderson County encouraging another asphalt plant rezoning application?

By |October 14th, 2020|

On Wednesday, October 21, the Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on proposed changes to the Henderson County Land Development Code, three of which will make it easier to build and operate a hot mix asphalt plant on land not already zoned for industrial use. These three amendments, proposed by the Planning Department and found on pages 6-7 [...]

2809, 2020

Huge Victory: SE Asphalt Withdraws Rezoning Application

By |September 28th, 2020|

In a surprise move earlier today and just days before the Special Called Meeting on Thursday, October 1, Jeff Shipman of SE Asphalt withdrew his application to rezone a 6.5 acre portion of land located on the northeast corner of Highway 176 and US Highway 25 (Exit 7 on Highway 25) to a conditional district to construct a new asphalt [...]

2108, 2020

Foot on the gas! We’re not there quite yet.

By |August 21st, 2020|

Thursday night was a BIG win for us when our Henderson County Planning Board members recommended to deny Jeff Shipman’s application for conditional zoning after a 5-2 vote – but don’t celebrate too soon. While the planning board’s recommendation will help influence the final decision, the Board of Commissioners can still approve the Conditional District rezoning application when it comes [...]

2008, 2020

Imagine hundreds of cars revving in a parking lot

By |August 20th, 2020|

In a strange twist this week, SE Asphalt published an air quality comparison showing the impact of its proposed hot mix asphalt (HMA) plant within the 4.3 square mile community of East Flat Rock. Attempting to compare their projected emissions to the all of the cars, trucks, and SUVs already owned by residents and driven in our community, they neglected [...]

1708, 2020

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

By |August 17th, 2020|

One of the few “arguments” we’ve continually heard from those who are in favor of a building a hot mix asphalt plant in East Flat Rock is that it will bring in new jobs and, therefore, stimulate economic growth in the county. But just how many new jobs will the proposed plant create? At first, it was 6-7 new full-time [...]

1108, 2020

Empty chairs. No one cares?

By |August 11th, 2020|

By now, Jeff Shipman, his mother Verna Shipman, or someone else with self-serving motives has probably contacted the Planning Board members to let them know only two people attended their "public meeting" on August 4 and that, even though many of us sign petitions and write letters opposing the plant, we're not sufficiently motivated to attend a meeting. We are [...]

408, 2020

Let’s pack the house on August 20!

By |August 4th, 2020|

Unless you're socially distancing on a deserted island or a uninhabited mountain top (don't I wish), you probably know by now that Jeff Shipman's conditional re-zoning application to construct a new hot mix asphalt drum plant is the sole agenda item at Henderson County’s Planning Board Meeting on Thursday, August 20, 2020 at 5:30 pm. The Planning Department says there [...]