Clean County Coalition Requests Port Zoning Change

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

A week after Governor Perdue announced PCS Phosphate had abandoned its plans to build a controversial sulfur melting plant at the state port in Morehead City- a group that opposed the plant, the Clean County Coalition, hopes to change some of the language in the city's industrial zoning ordinance.

The current zoning ordinance of the Port Industrial District reads: "The purpose of this district shall be to provide and protect areas for those which would offend the community."' In a letter addressed to members of the Morehead City Council, the Clean County Coalition asks the wording of the zoning ordinance to be changed to only allow permitted uses that are compatible with port functions and the surrounding areas.

Morehead City Mayor Jerry Jones says the town can rewrite the zoning ordinance, even though it's a state port.

"Since times change we have to adapt with those changes, so we'll review our ordinances and if we do see a need to modify them we'll act accordingly," said Mayor Jones.

Mayor Jones says it's too soon to comment on what specifics could be changed in the language. He says changing the wording of the industrial zoning ordinance would affect all properties in the municipality that fall under the IP Port Industrial District.

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