Appalachian Materials LLC, which is affiliated with Radford Quarries, has appealed a county decision in June to deny a high impact land use permit for an asphalt plant at an 8.5-acre tract on Rainbow Trail, just off of N.C. 194 in Boone.

Watauga County’s Planning & Inspections Department denied the permit request because the proposed site is within 1,500 feet of the Watauga County Board of Education building. The county’s High Impact Land Use Ordinance prohibits high impact facilities within 1,500 of educational facilities.

Appalachian Materials argues that the county education office is not an educational facility.

The Watauga County Board of Adjustment will consider the administrative appeal, but a date has not yet been set, Planning & Inspections Director Joe Furman said Wednesday. The BOA meets every fourth Monday of the month as needed.

The plant is one of two proposed asphalt plants in Watauga County — with the other being a plant planned by Maymead Inc. on U.S. 421 South near Deep Gap. Last month, the county determined a 2011 permit for an asphalt plant at that site had expired due to lack of progress on the project. Maymead had indicated it plans to appeal, but the company had not yet filed a formal appeal notice as of Wednesday, Furman said.

The company has 30 days from receipt of the notification of the expired permit to appeal the decision to the Watauga County Board of Adjustment. The letter was dated June 25.

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(3) comments

A concerned resident

When the county provides no spacing requirements between homes and HILU facilities, you get "mixed use" neighborhoods - with homes and HILU facilities.

Homeowners NEED spacing requirements from ALL types of HILU facilities!!! WHY are three of the commissioners opposed to this?

A concerned resident

An unfortunate result of poor regulatory policy in Watauga County. Here's to hoping that we don't end up with THREE asphalt plants in a small, rural county! Wish the county had declared a year-long moratorium when ETJ folks asks for it - the HILU ordinance still fall short…

Nonya Binis

NO!!! shut 'em down!!!

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