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Paving firm awaits a call on property

By Tony Boom
Mail Tribune

Acceptable uses for site its been using for years suddenly up for debate

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TALENT — Mountain View Paving of Ashland has operated an asphalt plant just outside of Talent since 2001, and the company's owner wants to continue.

But Jackson County, the city of Talent and environmental groups are trying to sort out whether the plant is legal for the site, and if not, what to do about it, if anything.

The parties involved seem to agree that the plant, south of Lynn Newbry Park between Interstate 5 and Bear Creek, doesn't conform to existing land-use regulations for the site. On top of that, it's in the flood plain.

"My understanding is that they are out of compliance with county regulations, and they are applying for permission to continue to be out of compliance," said Forrest English, program director for Rogue Riverkeeper, which has filed comments on the company's application with the county. "We don't think it's appropriate to site an asphalt batch plant in a flood plain, contrary to county regulations (that allow such siting)," said English.

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