A crowd showed up once again at the county complex to voice their objections to a planned crematory near their homes, but their effort to stop the facility didn’t succeed Tuesday.
Ivie Funeral Home is in the process of opening a crematory inside the funeral home (formerly a church) located on the corner of Booger Hill Road and Hwy. 29 South.
County commissioners recently sent the matter back to the zoning board to consider whether there was a basis for an appeal after a permit was issued for the crematory by the county earlier this year.
At recent meetings, the BOC and area residents have voiced dismay about not being aware of the crematory until the facility was being constructed.
After hearing from speakers for more than an hour, the commission ultimately voted that there is no basis for an appeal, since all zoning ordinance requirements were followed on the matter.
The funeral home was rezoned in 2010 for business use, following public hearings that produced no objections at the time, but there were also no plans announced at that time about a future crematory.
County ordinances did not require the funeral home to go back through the zoning process to obtain a variance to open a crematory, since it is considered a “similar use” for a funeral home, according to state law.
Planning and zoning chairman Wayne Douglas said the commission was in “totally unprecedented territory” with nothing to dictate an appeal of this sort in the county zoning ordinance.
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