Neighbors Worry About Request Temporary Asphalt Plant Along Turnpike

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Neighbors in the area of Wilshire and Peebly Road are planning to attend a public hearing at the Oklahoma County Planning Commission Thursday afternoon. The hearing is to hear it out over a special permit to put in a “temporary asphalt plant” by Haskell Lemon, one of the contractors building the Eastern Oklahoma County Turnpike. Some neighbors plan to oppose the proposal.

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Word circulated among neighbors about the hearing. Kimberly Jones Weiss posted it on the Luther Register’s FB Page. 

Just found out yesterday that the OTA is at it again. I even talked to my neighbors directly affected and they never received this notice. I don’t understand our crooked state government that they have to destroy the environment, the people and their livelihood. We are an agricultural community. This land is a water shed basin where OKC gets it’s water from our aquafers. Yet, that doesn’t matter. Money talks. Who cares that the government pollutes the land and water. If anyone is free tomorrow, please show up and oppose this asphalt plant. Thank you.” Kimberly Jones Weiss

The site is east of Wilshire Road and South of Peebly along the 21-mile toll road route. Haskell Lemon is seeking a 32-acre Special Use Permit to allow a “construction staging yard and a temporary asphalt manufacturing facility.” The land is current zoned as rural residential and agricultural and is within County District 2 where Brian Maughan serves as the commissioner.

A similar special permit request was denied by both the Oklahoma County Planning Commission and the Oklahoma County Commission late last year involving a request from Dolese to use a temporary concrete plant on Memorial Road and Peebly. The company sought the land usage to ease their proximity to pouring concrete to build the new toll road, however, neighbors protested. Neighbors cited noise, light, pollution and other factors the industrial business would bring to their rural residential zoned area.

The meeting is at 1:30 pm on Thursday, February 21, in the Oklahoma County Building in Room 204. Read the agenda here. 

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