Commission rejects planned $20 million Martin Marietta plant

Weld County Planning Commission, Greeley, CO, narrowly decided to advocate against a proposed asphalt and concrete factory.

Commissioners voted 4-3 to deny Martin Marietta access to a “use by special review,” a permit the company needs to put a factory on farmland.

The decision now goes to the Board of Weld County Commissioners.

Martin Marietta wants to build a $20million plant west of Greeley that would collect aggregate, and would make asphalt and ready-mix concrete.

The planning commission amended the proposal before denying the request. Changes included an increase in the number of employees the company can hire to work on the 131-acre site and clarification on the hours of operation.

Many of the commissioners expressed discomfort before the final vote. They said it was a difficult decision, and despite spending an entire day in a meeting about it, there was still too much they couldn’t know.

The commission members said they were balancing their commiseration with their respect for property rights.

The final decision will be made in August.


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