Stand Against Heavy Industry Rezoning at Jefferson Orchards Site

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Jefferson County Vision

Thank you for submitting your comments to Ranson City Council. Comments were due by 5 p.m. on June 18, 2020. Don't forget to register for the June 23 public hearing on Ordinance #2017-302 here.

The City of Ranson is seeking to correct mistakes it made in 2017 when the city rezoned portions of the Jefferson Orchards property to industrial use, which benefited Rockwool North America (Roxul).

Two important public hearings are being held virtually in June to consider proposed Ordinance #2017-302, which reads:

“AN ORDINANCE AMENDING AND RE-ENACTING THE OFFICIAL ZONING MAP OF THE CITY OF RANSON PURSUANT TO RANSON MUNICIPAL CODE § 19-20 AND CHAPTER 19A, ARTICLE 1: ‘JEFFERSON ORCHARDS’ REALLOCATING TRANSECT DISTRICTS (DISTRICT 8, TAX MAP 12, PARCEL 1)”

This ordinance will protect Rockwool rather than the citizens of Jefferson County. You have an opportunity to provide input about Rockwool's future prior to the June 16 first reading and June 23 second reading and public hearing.

The Backstory

Ranson is on a fast track to correct its mistakes. The rezoning was required in order for Rockwool to build an insulation factory on the property. Ranson is reacting to a ruling issued on May 5 by Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge David Hammer who agreed with the claim in Jefferson County Vision’s lawsuit from December of 2018: the City of Ranson failed to provide adequate public notice when it changed its zoning to permit heavy industrial uses at Jefferson Orchard.

A timeline of Ranson and Rockwool is available here. This timeline also includes links to the May 5 court order, JCV press releases on the subject, and a letter to Ranson written by JCV attorneys.

What You Can Do

This letter campaign makes it easy to send your public comments to Ranson City Council members.

The deadline for comment is June 18, 2020.

Other Action Items

In addition to sending comments, you can also:

1. Attend the virtual first reading of Ordinance #2017-302 at 7 p.m. on June 16, 2020. Register here.

2. Attend the virtual public hearing at 7 p.m. on June 23, 2020. Register here.

See this Ranson Public Notice for more information.

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