|The Virginia Paving asphalt plant in Alexandria.|
The company is still going forward with a rezoning and zoning special exception application to expand and restructure its concrete plant on its 94-acre property on Industrial Drive in Springfield.
Residents of surrounding neighborhoods had organized a campaign to oppose an asphalt plant, citing pollution, noise, odors, and health issues. Those concerns were raised at a public hearing before the Fairfax County Planning Commission in March.
Members of the Planning Commission and local residents toured another asphalt plant, operated by Virginia Paving Co., in April to see first-hand how that plant deals with environmental issues.
The Planning Commission is scheduled to make a decision on Vulcan’s expansion proposal on June 14. The company wants to consolidate its concrete batching plants and construct a new maintenance building and office buildings. It is also seeking permission to increase the maximum building height on its property from 75 to 135 feet.
County planning and zoning staff will issue an addendum to its staff report on the proposal March 31 or June 1 – in time for the June 14 Planning Commission meeting, says Jay Rodenbeck of the zoning evaluation division. The Board of Supervisors is scheduled to hold a hearing on the proposal on July 10.
Vulcan had never released any details on its proposed asphalt plant. If the company wants to come back at a later date and request permission for an asphalt plant, it will have to file another special exception application, Rodenbeck says.