By Clint Parker
Marshall – The possible construction of an asphalt plant by French Broad Paving in Marshall has got area residents active in informing locals that would be affected by such a plant about what they see as concerns. However, T.J. Reed, part owner of the paving company, told the Madison County newspaper in an article that he has hundreds of signatures in support of the plant.
While read has hundreds, a closed Facebook group, Conscious Homesteaders of Madison County, NC, is closing in on 2,000 members and opposes the construction of an asphalt plant. There is also an informational packet being circulated by those who oppose the building of such a plant. However, there is no information in the packet as to the identity of who is being that effort.
Both the informational packet and the news article says that the plant site would be in the McCrary Stone facility off of US 25/70 in Marshall. According to the Madison County Land Use plan, an asphalt plant would be a conditional use type of industry.
The informational packet includes: a map of a 2.17 mile radius around the proposed asphalt plant site, a list of locations where opposition petitions can be found, an article from the BlueRidgeNow.com news site on how an asphalt plant would hurt property values, and a list of concerns about an asphalt plant in the proposed McCrary Stone location.
According to the Madison County landuse ordinance, asphalt plants “…shall be permitted subject to a finding by the Board of Adjustment that additional conditions be provided and met which will prevent or abate the potential detrimental effects which would have an injurious effect on adjacent properties and the general welfare of the community…”
Those opposed to the plant are hoping, if the plans for the plant move forward, that the board would look hard at the last part of the statement citing, “…potential detrimental effects which would have an injurious effect on adjacent properties and the general welfare of the community…”
The plant would also have to apply for a state permit in order to operate.
Full disclosure: The reporter of this story lives within a three-mile radius of the possible asphalt plant’s construction site.