Special use permit for LKQ facility moves forward

FLUVANNA COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to move forward with the special use permit for an LKQ car recycling center Wednesday night.

Supervisor Tony O'Brien said he's happy to work with LKQ to develop the county's economy.

"I'm very excited about having LKQ as a business partner for Fluvanna County," said O'Brien. "It's a recognition of the investment and the vision of the board and the county."

There're some residents who are not happy with the result, including Katie Ward.

Ward started a petition to fight against the permit being approved and is disappointed by the board's decision.

"I'm still upset, I still don't believe that something like this should be in our county," said Ward. "This is not the Fluvanna that I know that they keep trying to bring industry further into the county, when it should stay where they already approved in the Zion Crossroads community planning area."

Before the vote, the board held a public hearing to let residents share their views on the center.

William Hensley has been an auto mechanic for 20 years and said taking a tour of an LKQ facility showed him how much their facility contributes to the community.

"It's a clean facility, everything has a purpose, a value and it's used to profit everybody," said Hensley. "In terms of today, we have to recycle and they've got it down."

Other residents said they are still concerned about the noise it would bring to their neighborhoods.

Christine Wagner said this center can also impact the traffic near asubdivision like Fox Glen.

"You're going to have an increased volume of heavy, vehicular traffic on Memory Lane and Richmond Road," said Wagner. "On Richmond Road, that's going to affect residents on the corridors as well as Fox Glen."

Another issue addressed during the meeting was the center's operating hours, where residents said they are worried this will bring constant noise to their communities.

Matt Caddy, a representative for LKQ, said they will work with the county to not let this be a disturbance for them.

"My hope is to be somewhat amicable and not cause too much hardship on the local community," said Caddy.

With the permit being approved, O'Brien said it will now move forward to site planning.

"The planning commission will make their recommendations from that standpoint," said O'Brien. "They'll work with the developers and work with the economic development team."

The approval of this permit includes new conditions.

One of these conditions is restricting work hours in the yard, which includes the hours when they can crush vehicles.

A 50-foot minimum buffer was another condition, with a 75-foot buffer in a majority of the perimeter.

LKQ is also required to make a $500 donation toward Streamwatch to support water quality and testing for contamination.

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