JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Jackson County's board meeting was packed Monday with angry residents from Escatawpa. They are urging supervisors to deny two property owners' zone request to change their area from residential to industrial. Some fear the change would make way for a smelly landfill to be built in their neighborhood.
"We are concerned and we are frightened."
Residents from Escatawpa didn't hold back their frustration when talking about the a proposed zone change that could bring an industrial business near their neighborhood.
"We have only one access road out and that is General Walker, and anything you put there that will be anything close to industrial will affect our quality of life," another resident said.
Back in May, some property owners went before the planning commission to request the zoning on their land be changed for industrial use. The request was denied, but attorney Scott Crolew spent Monday trying to convince supervisors why the decision should be overturned.
"The planning commission's problem was they said we didn't not prove public use. Now I may be wrong, but it seems to me this corridor will develop for industrial type industries that will support Chevron and Plant Daniel, and that is why we are here," Crolew said.
Resident Gayla Crowely said the change would be a nightmare and open the door to a possible expansion to a nearby landfill or a noisy business moving to the area.
"It is offensive to our neighborhood and when you wake up to the pound, pound, pound every morning and you hear it all day long. At the dumpsite you hear the beep, beep, beep trucks, and you have the smells all hours," Crowley said.
The group appealing said while there are no immediate plans for the land in question. They assured the residents it won't be a landfill.
"We have no intentions of putting a landfill there or any kind of dump, and we will make any assurance the county feels is necessary," Crolew said.
After listening to both sides, supervisors decided to vote on the issue at next month's meeting. One supervisor was absent at Monday's meeting, and those in attendance wanted more time to research the request.
"I haven't driven back in the neighborhoods, and that will give me time to see how close the neighborhoods really are to the site," Supervisor John McKay said.
A vote is expected to take place August 4th.