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May 23, 2014

Catalyst site LDR amendments pass

Medical waste incinerators deleted as allowable use

Live Oak —

At their regular meeting Tuesday night, the Suwannee County Board of County Commissioners held the second public hearing and voted unanimously to amend land development regulations 14-01 for the catalyst site by creating a new zoning category and changing the allowable uses.

According to Planning and Zoning Director Ron Meeks, the county previously held the first public hearing to amend the future land use map for the remaining property located at the catalyst site from Agricultural to Industrial.

“Once this amendment has been reviewed by the state, it will come back to the county for adoption at a later meeting,” Meeks said. “We have started the rezoning application LDR 14-02 which will rezone the remainder of the property at the catalyst site from Agricultural to the newly created zoning district adopted Tuesday night of Industrial Catalyst Site. CPA 14-01 and LDR 14-02 should be set for adoption sometime in July or the first part of August.”

LDR changes

A new zoning category has been created for the 500 acre property located in Northwestern Suwannee County, designated as the catalyst site. This new zone will be referred to as Industrial Catalyst Site (ICS). 

Notable changes include the move of hazardous waste disposal, chemical and fertilizer manufacture; paint, oil (including linseed), shellac, turpentine, lacquer, or varnish manufacture; and petroleum refining from being an allowable use to requiring a special permit. 

Bio-medical waste incineration was removed from the list of allowable uses.

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

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

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

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