BACKGROUND: Blue Ridge Concrete, LLC has applied for a Conditional Use Permit to place a concrete mixing plant at 50 Murphy Hill Road. A large number of people turned out for the hearing that was held Wednesday, March 12 at the County Training Room, 199 College St., Asheville, NC. For more information on what happened at that meeting, click on the top link on the right of this page. The applicant has been granted a new hearing which will be held at North Buncombe Middle School at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 14, 2008. Since the Buncombe County Board of Adjustment cannot consider any of the information received at the last hearing, you are encouraged to attend the next one and to speak out against the plant. Meanwhile, please sign the petition below and ask others to do the same. Anyone with questions can contact North Buncombe Association of Concerned Citizens - Aaron 828-645-9291 or Martha 828-645-9127. PETITION: We, the undersigned, strongly urge the Buncombe County Board of Adjustment to deny the Conditional Use Permit for a concrete mixing plant at 50 Murphy Hill Rd. We oppose a concrete mixing plant at this location because it would have very serious adverse effects on the health and safety of persons residing, working and going to school in this neighborhood. It would be detrimental to the public welfare and injure nearby property and public improvements in the neighborhood. *The introduction of large trucks loaded with up to 33 tons of concrete and 18 wheel semi trailer trucks delivering material in an area where there is already heavy traffic to and from schools including school buses is a very dangerous proposition. The driveway where trucks would enter and exit is narrow, steep and includes a blind curve creating further safety hazards. *Groundwater contamination and emissions can introduce harmful chemicals to nearby residents. *The aesthetics of the area would be negatively affected. This route is the main entrance to Windy Gap where many visitors to the community travel to Young Life Camp. *The value of property in the immediate area will be adversely affected. Adjacent residences would not be marketable because no one would want to live close to a concrete plant. Many retail business would not be suitable to be located adjacent to a concrete plant. Despite applicant\'s contentions, the noise and dust would be disruptive to adjacent residences. County Zoning Ordinances are designed to prevent the very untenable situation that this applicant proposes to create. If the County Zoning Ordinances are interpreted to allow such an egregious use of this property, then the county zoning ordinances are virtually useless. Many of us are not able to attend the Conditional Use Permit hearing because of work obligations at the time of day it is being held. Please closely review all of the evidence presented at the hearing and vote in the best interests of the Weaverville community by turning down this Conditional Use Permit.