No more heavy industry has been the overwhelming response of citizens and was most recently evident during the June 5 meeting of the Ranson Planning Commission. Dozens of citizens spoke up during verbal and written public comment against the move to amend the zoning for an additional 194 acres of Jefferson Orchard to be rezoned from Smart Code to Industrial. This move would open the county up to more toxic air polluting companies like Rockwool. One of the primary arguments was the change in zoning would be inconsistent with the Ranson Comprehensive Plan.
Commissioner and Ranson Town Council member Colandrea made a motion that the requested amendment was inconsistent with the city of Ranson’s Comprehensive Plan and could not be recommended, which passed unanimously.
Our fight is not over…. We must remain vigilant… there is concern that Jefferson Orchards will try again to get this parcel rezoned to Industrial. One way would be through the Ranson Comprehensive Plan Update process which currently underway. JCV will be watching carefully and advising you on how you can help ensure their new plan is consistent with the wishes of the citizens of Ranson and the county.