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Elkhart property owner asks consideration in rezoning for fly ash expansion

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List of applicable factors for County Board to consider in rezoning property for fly ash expansion

On Behalf of all the Concerned Citizens of Logan County who oppose the rezoning that is currently under consideration by the Logan County Board to allow the expansion of Viper Mine’s current fly ash operation, we respectfully request that the board adhere to the list of applicable factors in considering a petition to rezone. The factors are as follows:

  1. The existing uses and zoning of nearby property
  2. The extent to which property values of the objectors are diminished by the particular zoning restrictions
  3. The extent to which the destruction of property values promotes the health, safety, morals or generals welfare to the public
  4. The relative gain to the public as compared to the hardship imposed upon the individual property owner
  5. The suitability of the subject property for the zoned purposes; and
  6. The length of time the property has been vacant as zoned considered in the context of the land development in the area in the vicinity of the subject property.

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We acknowledge the importance of the coal miners retaining their jobs and are in no way suggesting otherwise. A representative of Viper Mine testified under oath in a previous Logan County Zoning Board meeting that the mine could pursue other options. Testimony also revealed that the earliest the mine would have to close its current operation would be in 2017. We urge the Logan County Board that the issue at hand is about legislating, not lobbying.

Catherine Carolin

[Posted October 18, 2014]

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