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March 7, 2014

Catalyst site uses amended

Board removes bio-medical waste incinerators from allowable uses

Live Oak —

The Suwannee County Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday night to begin the process of establishing a new zoning category for the catalyst site and modify the list of allowable uses that would determine which companies could locate there. The proposal also created specific setbacks and buffer requirements along the outer boundaries of the catalyst site. 

The board went through the proposal during the meeting and consensually agreed on setbacks and buffer zones. The board went down the list of allowable uses and decided on what to keep, delete or retain for further discussion. An amended proposal will come back before the board at the next meeting for further discussion.

The board agreed to establish a minimum of a 50 foot buffer that is a combination of natural and vegetative buffer along the outer boundaries of the catalyst site. The proposed buffer may be reduced by 20 feet if necessary to accommodate a drainage retention pond. 

The board accepted staff’s recommendation of creating a new zoning category, Catalyst Site Industrial (CSI), and create a new list of permitted uses. The catalyst site currently has two zoning categories, industrial and agriculture. The creation of the new zoning category would ultimately eliminate the agriculture zoning.

Some of the items the board agreed to eliminate from the list of allowable uses include: hazardous waste disposal; rendering plant; truck stops and automotive service and self-service stations; wreckage yards; industrial schools; and public buildings and facilities.

As a result, bio-medical waste incineration was removed from the list of allowable uses.

Items that will remain as allowable uses include: chemical and fertilizer manufacture; petroleum refining; electric generating plants; asphalt or concrete batching plants; railroad switching, freight and storage yards.

Class one and class three landfills (construction and demolition landfills) will remain as prohibited uses at the catalyst site. 

The board will be presented with an amended proposal at their next meeting for additional amendments and adoption. The proposal will then go before the planning and zoning board for two public hearings. The planning and zoning board will then submit a recommendation to the commissioners that will require two public hearings before it becomes law. 

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