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  • Smoothing Things Over

    Talent paving company fulfills county requirements on site structures
  • TALENT — Mountain View Paving's asphalt plant has complied with Jackson County's requirements to remove structures and materials that were erected after 2003.
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  • TALENT — Mountain View Paving's asphalt plant has complied with Jackson County's requirements to remove structures and materials that were erected after 2003.
    Operations and structures in place before 2003 were deemed a legal, non-conforming use in September by Hearings Officer Donald Rubenstein, whose ruling required that subsequent improvements be removed.
    Mountain View in October signed a stipulated order with the county that required owner Paul Meyer to remove the non-approved changes by Dec. 25. County officials inspected the site in early January.
    "He had removed everything but a small sand bunker and a little pile of pallets that were on top of that. He has since removed that," said County Development Services Director Kelly Madding.
    "At this point everything that he was required to do is done. Because he didn't meet his timeline, he will have to pay a $600 fine, the minimum for an enforcement infraction," Madding said.
    Besides physical changes, the firm also needed to apply for a floodplain development permit. That request is being processed, Madding said.
    The plant sits on 11 acres just south of Interstate 5's Exit 21 between Bear Creek and the freeway.
    Environmental group Rogue Advocates, which has appealed Rubenstein's ruling to Oregon's Land Use Board of Appeals, had contested an April county ruling that the operation was legal. Rogue Advocates had a Jan. 28 deadline to file its petition in the case. A date for the appeal hearing hasn't been set.
    Neighbors in Mountain View Estates across the creek from the plant have raised concerns about the operation's impact on air quality and Bear Creek in the event of flood. Oregon's Department of Environmental Quality has found that the plant complies with air quality standards.
    Under the county order, all materials and structures south of an east-west line on the property had to be removed, as they did not appear in 2003 aerial photographs. No materials or structures were on the site south of red flags marking the line when a reporter and photographer toured the site Thursday. Last spring, piles of materials and equipment were in the area.
    In addition, an office building was moved outside the floodway. Loading silos, a 70-by-46-foot maintenance shop constructed from cargo containers and a tank used for holding waste materials were also removed.
    "Everything that they requested to be moved is gone," said Meyer.
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