Friends of East Flat Rock encourage Henderson County residents to participate in upcoming Planning Board meeting

Press release from Friends of East Flat Rock:

The Henderson County-based group known as, Friends of East Flat Rock, has grown to 12,665 according to their petition. Jeff Shipman’s conditional re-zoning application to construct a new hot mix asphalt drum plant in East Flat Rock is back again and on the agenda for Henderson County’s Planning Board Meeting on Thursday, April 15, 2021, at 5:30 pm, Blue Ridge Community College (Thomas Auditorium), 180 W. Campus Drive, Flat Rock, NC 28731. Park in lots F or G. Watch this Friends of East Flat Rock’s video to clarify campus location and to learn more about the neighbors’ ongoing fight since June 2020, visit

The Planning Department says there are currently no plans to offer an option to connect by phone or Zoom, so public comments will have to be made IN PERSON. Masks will be required and social distancing will be enforced. The Technical Review was April 6th and the application IS moving forward to Planning Board now April 15th. Friends of East Flat Rock fiscal fundraising partner and local nonprofit, Mountaintrue, set up this page to make public comments to the Planning Board quickly:

Henderson County residents are encouraged to participate.

  • Public comments will be limited to a 3 minute maximum per speaker. Speakers will be called in order of signup sheet (first come, first called). Signs and posters will be allowed.
  • The 9 appointed members of the Planning Board will hear and consider these comments before submitting a recommendation to the Board of Commissioners, who will have the final approval or denial authority at a later date (TBD).
About Thomas Calder
Thomas Calder received his MFA in Fiction from the University of Houston's Creative Writing Program. His writing has appeared in Gulf Coast, the Miracle Monocle, Juked and elsewhere. His debut novel, The Wind Under the Door, is now available.

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