Members of Meade County Fiscal Court delayed making a decision on a zoning request that would impact six properties in Big Bend owned by Kosmos-Cemex.
The company filed a request with the Meade County Planning And Zoning Commission to change the zoning on four of the properties along Battletown Road from Agriculturial (A-2) use to Heavy Industrial (H-I) use. The remaining two properties were requested to have their zoning changed from residential (R-2) to Heavy Industrial (H-I). All of the property are adjacent to the Kosmos-Cemex Quarry.
Several residents spoke out against the proposed zoning requests during the recent Planning and Zoning Commission meeting held on Thursday, February 7. Commissioners gave their approval to the requests and sent them onto Meade County’s Fiscal Court for final approval.
During the regular meeting of Meade County Fiscal Court On Tuesday (2/12) night, magistrates heard comments from four residents of the area who were against the proposed zoning requests. Those who spoke urged county leaders to preserve the natural rural resources and landscape that most life long residents enjoy in the county. Other concerns mentioned included water quality, erosion control, and conflicts with the current zoning comphrensive plan. One speaker urged the court to table action until an review and full update of the county’s comprehensive plan was completed.
After the comments were heard by the court, magaistrates briefly discussed their options and voted to table any action on the zoning requests until their March regular meeting in order for all members to have adequate time to review all impacts of their decision.
The Meade County Fiscal Court will conduct their next regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 12 at 7 pm at the Meade Courthouse. You may watch the entire February monthly meeting in our “On Demand” section.