The city of Knoxville, Tenn., Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC) has voted against a rezoning request being used by a shingle recycling company in East Knoxville, Tenn.
According to a representative with Knoxville’s MPC, the owner of the land, DMS Properties, had sought to have the location rezoned from I-3 general industrial to I-4 heavy industry to allow Greenphalt Recycling to recycle asphalt shingles at the site.
However, the MPC unanimously voted against the request Dec. 8, 2011.
In denying the request, the MPC representative reported that the company has yet to perform any processing at the site; instead it has been storing “mountains of shingles” on the site, he says.
However, the company has reportedly ordered equipment that will allow the company to start processing the shingles.
While the MPC denied the request, the company can appeal the verdict to the Knoxville City Council for a legislative vote.
The company also operates a second shingle facility in Knoxville.
Another published report indicates that the city has issued zoning violations and stop work orders to the company at both of its locations. The report adds that the company also failed to obtain a solid waste processing permit from the state of Tennessee. The state’s Department of Environment and Conservation also has issued several stop work orders and violations to the company.