Asphalt plant waiver denied

REEDSVILLE – Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. was denied a request from the Zoning Hearing Board of Brown Township for a special exception permit for the construction of an asphalt plant.

The 12.5-acre property is presently owned by Edge Wood Estates Inc., and is subject of a conditional agreement of sale dated Feb. 20. On March 18, Hawbaker submitted a notice of appeal from decision of the Zoning Officer seeking a special exception to permit the construction of an asphalt plant.

The special exemption was requested because the plant would be classified as a heavy manufacturing facility and the property is zoned as light manufacturing.

Brown Township Zoning Hearing Board wrote in its decision that it rejected the request because the evidence presented on behalf of Hawbaker was insufficient to allow it to determine whether or not the construction would substantially increase traffic congestion.

Also, Hawbaker failed to meet its burden to prove that the proposed use will not impact the public safety, the board wrote.

At the April 16 hearing, many area residents voiced displeasure with the idea of an asphalt plant near their homes. Members of the public shared concerns regarding issues such as: odor, noise, pollution, traffic, declining property value and health issues.

Hawbaker has 30 days to file an appeal as of May 3, which is when the company received the written order and decision.