May 22, 2014
Marathon meeting postpones
discussion on concrete plant until June 2
By CATHERINE KOZAK
marathon discussion about a proposed concrete plant in Waves held at
Monday’s Dare County Board of Commissioners’ meeting went on so long
that it had to be carried over to the next meeting.
members of the public who commented spoke in opposition to the project,
said board clerk Gary Gross. A number of them, he said, expressed
understanding of the need for the operation, but felt it was at the
Representatives from the state Department of Transportation and the concrete company also attended.
At 12:18 a.m., the board voted to recess the meeting until Monday, June 2 at 5 p.m.
interest of making it easier for those from Hatteras Island who may
want to attend, Gross said, the time was changed from the regular
schedule of 9 a.m.
Commercial Ready Mix Products Inc. wants to
build a concrete plant at the former site of the Dare Building Supply
structure in Waves, which is next to 21 residential houses and 21
apartments and across Highway 12 from the REAL Watersports complex. The
concrete produced at the plant would be used to build the new bridge
over the inlet in Pea Island and for the planned bridge in Rodanthe.
contractor said that the concrete must be delivered at 75 degrees, and
the only practical way to do that is by having the plant close to the
construction site. The company estimated that it would be in operation
for three to five years.
Last month, the Dare County Planning
Board, after voting 4-2 for a negative recommendation – mostly because
of potential night noise - sent a conditional use permit to the
commissioners to consider. Conditions included limiting the plant’s
height to 52 feet; requiring storage of material to be a minimum of 25
feet from the property line and 75 feet from a residence; construction
of a 10-foot-high fence that controls hearing any noise above certain
decibel levels; shielding outdoor lighting from adjoining property; and
using high-tech equipment that eliminates the incessant warning beeping
of construction machinery when it’s backing up.
tri-villages have S-1 zoning, which is the county’s least restrictive
zoning on uses of the property. Under that law, the concrete plant is a
permitted use, with or without conditions. The contractor’s
representatives have vowed to address noise, light and dust issues the
best it can.
But opponents said, in part, that the plant would
be loud and disruptive, create dangerous truck traffic and pollute the
water, and even S-1 zoning would not permit such an industry at that
location. A better place, they suggest, would be at a site behind a gas
station in Rodanthe.
County attorney Bobby Outten said last
month that he did not believe that the law gave the board the choice to
say no to the plant.