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To the editor:
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:
- The existing uses and zoning of nearby property
- The extent to which property values of the objectors are
diminished by the particular zoning restrictions
- The extent to which the destruction of property values
promotes the health, safety, morals or generals welfare to the
- The relative gain to the public as compared to the hardship
imposed upon the individual property owner
- The suitability of the subject property for the zoned
- 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.
[to top of second column in this letter]
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.
[Posted October 18,
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