TALENT, Ore. – A long-running battle between Talent residents and the operator of a small asphalt batch plant took their fight to a county land use hearings officer. The owner of mountain view paving is hoping a 50-history will weigh on his side.
Opponents are challenging that claim and say it should be moved away from their neighborhood. Residents lined up to testify against an asphalt batch plant they say has been fouling the air in their neighborhood for years.
The owner of the plant has already received tentative approval from county planners for what is called a non-conforming use permit. The neighbors, many from Mountain View Estates, are challenging that. Owner, Paul Meyer, was the only one who spoke in favor at the Monday hearing.
Opponents claim the asphalt operation is not what was at this site for the first several years under Oregon land use law. If it was, it may not have been legal back then.