Robert Strang presented a petition against the request at the Wednesday, April 2 hearing.
By Greg Bennett
A request to rezone a residential parcel of land for industrial uses in Shelburne’s south end was unanimously rejected by town council on Wednesday night.
A handful of people came out for a public hearing about the rezoning request for 62 Harriet Street. The request, made by local businessman Lewis Smith to operate a “white” metal collection and recycling operation, was opposed by most in the room.
Smith had hoped to use the property to recycle used washers, refrigerators, ovens and other appliances and he noted that he purchased the property believing it was already zoned for commercial uses as a former bottle recycling facility had been housed there.
Robert Strang, who presented a petition of residents against the move, expressed concerns about the potential for pollution as well as noise and traffic impacts on other residents in the area.
“Property values are just going to tank,” he said.
Others who spoke at the hearing expressed similar concerns including businessman Calvin Butler questioned why industrial operations weren’t being encouraged to set up shop in the area’s industrial park.
Others focused on the potential for pollution in the residential area.
“A salvage business I would think would have to have a thorough study by the Department of Environment done before they even started,” questioned Louise Delisle.
Minutes after the public hearing, councillors voted against the rezoning request.
Councillor Roy O’Donnell questioned why the town would allow spot rezoning for industrial uses.
“I don’t think industrial zoning should be permitted on a lot by lot basis,” he said.