Center continues to represent Royal Oak Concerned Citizens Association in opposition to new Brunswick County Landfill

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Brunswick County residents gather outside the courthouse with Center Attorneys Elizabeth Haddix and Peter Gilbert

The Center continues to represent the Royal Oak Concerned Citizens Association (ROCCA) in opposition to Brunswick County’s efforts to construct a new Construction & Demolition landfill in the majority African American Royal Oak community.

At the continuation of the Special Exception Permit (SEP) hearing before the Brunswick Planning Board on January 9, 2012, a real estate appraiser retained by Operations Services gave his opinion that the proposed landfill will be in harmony with and not substantially injurious to properties in the vicinity. The appraiser was unaware of the number of residential properties near the proposed site - many of which are owned by ROCCA members who were present at the hearing - and had never spoken with surrounding residents. The appraiser’s opinion was based on a “ring study” of property values from tax records and on comparisons with properties near landfills in other counties that have been closed and capped - some with added parks and green spaces. One Planning Board member commented during the hearing: "You come here, in my opinion, with comparisons of landfills that are not comparable and are not showing the impact that citizens of this county would potentially feel if the expansion was approved."

The SEP hearing continues on February 13, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. Operation Services is expected to finish presenting its case for approval of its permit application, and then the Center will present testimony from residents of the Royal Oak community as well as from expert witnesses, including a real property appraiser and public health researcher.

News on continued January 9, 2011 Special Exception Permit Hearing:

Posted by Mark Dorosin on Tue. January 24, 2012 4:36 PM
Categories: Brunswick County, Community Inclusion, Environmental Justice, Race Discrimination
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