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March 21, 2014

Catalyst site uses refined

Commission’s proposals will go before planning and zoning board

Live Oak —

The Suwannee County Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday night to continue the process of establishing a new zoning category for the catalyst site by voting to submit a proposal to the Suwannee County Planning and Zoning Board that would include new zone and an amended list of allowable uses for the catalyst site.

At their March 4 meeting, the board went through an extensive 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. 

The amended proposal came back before the board Tuesday night and they agreed to submit the proposal to the planning and zoning board with changes that were made at the meeting. 

Notable changes include the move of 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. 

The board also added “all ingress and egress points to each individual industrial establishment shall connect to a paved roadway that is constructed in accordance with Suwannee County and/or Florida Department of Transportation guidelines.” An exception to the rule is roadways that will be primarily used for access between businesses located between or to the rear of lots.

Some of the items the board agreed to eliminate from the list of allowable uses at a previous meeting 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: 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 proposal will 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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