CM&M Industries has proposed a facility that will take a variety of stones and concretes and recycle them into new concrete materials used for counter tops, patios and other items. Opponents of the facility have voiced concerns of dust, noise, traffic and vibrations that they feel would greatly impact their quality of life. In order for the facility to move into the vacant building in the Avon Tech Center, located in East Avon, they would need variances in zoning and then then planning board approval.
“Zoning laws should assure the community’s residents that their health, safety, and well-being are protected. It is not the job of the zoning board of appeals to make this company fit into the light industrial district,” said Michael Manko, a nearby resident. “If the current zoning laws are reinterpreted and bent so far so as to allow such a company to locate and operate in Avon, then the laws as they stand become useless.”
Insiders had speculated that the zoning board would pass the necessary changes and then the matter would move to the planning board for approval, however after about 20 residents attended the public hearing the board decided to postpone the vote.
The zoning board members of Michael Stevens, Sam Price, Bob Westfall, Diane Attea and Cindy Kellen along with Attorney Jim Campbell then met in executive session where upon their return they to announced the matter would be adjourned until the May 25 meeting.
A petition, with over 100 signatures on it , was submitted to the zoning board where residents stated their concerns for the facility coming into the community.
Through the process CM&M has made multiple architectural changes in their design to lessen the impact to the community.