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ETZ Authority to consider zoning appeal


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The appeal of a zoning case involving a proposed cement plant in south Roswell will occur Thursday night.

Jim Mitchell, the manager of JHTC Investments LLC, has asked to rezone a 56-acre parcel on West Brasher Road across from the city landfill to operate a cement ready-mix plant under the business name Chance Material Inc.

His original application to the Roswell-Chaves County Extraterritorial Zoning Commission to change the property from rural suburban to industrial was opposed by about 20 people who live nearby during a March 19 meeting. Since about 1985, the property has operated with a special-use permit as a sand and gravel business.

The nearby residents who spoke against Mitchell’s request said they worried about dust, noise, lights and potential health problems. Some said they were particularly upset that the original application included the possibility of starting a hot asphalt plant at the site and that the business might operate 24 hours a day. Some also complained about Mitchell’s plans to have the property annexed into the city so that the property could get city water, explaining that they didn’t want their properties to be annexed or to be near city operations.

Mitchell told ETZ Commission members that he would agree not to operate an asphalt plant, to limit the hours of the operation and forego annexation. But commissioners still voted 4-1 to deny the application.

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A later city of Roswell Planning and Zoning Commission meeting to consider the annexation request was postponed indefinitely, pending the outcome of the zoning issue.

Since the ETZ hearing, Mitchell and representatives of the nearby landowners have had discussions seeking to come to terms both sides can agree upon, according to an ETZ document.

The hearing is set for 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Chaves County Administrative Center, 1 St. Mary’s Place.

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