VERONA - The Augusta County Board of Supervisors voted to table the decision on whether to affirm, reverse or modify the decision by Sandra Bunch, county zoning administrator, to allow Flow to operate at Seawright Springs in Mount Sidney without a special use permit during Wednesday’s meeting.
The board will have to address the question within 90 days.
Mount Sidney residents brought worries about the Flow Alkaline Spring Water facility at Seawright Springs to the Augusta County Board of Zoning Appeals Wednesday in a public meeting at the county government center in Verona.
The company has a by-right use to draw less than 100,000 gallons per day from the spring and make no more than 12 truck trips from the site, among other conditions.
Some Mount Sidney residents, such as Shaun Mooney, dispute the operation’s levels from the previous companies, arguing that amount of trucks never made the trips and the amount of gallons pumped from the well was never near the levels allowed in the by-right use according to previous Daily News-Record reports.
“The Board of Zoning Appeals agreed to hear an appeal of the county’s decision to allow Flow to operate without a special-use permit,” Mooney said previously.
Mooney is a member of the Friends of Seawright Springs, a loose collection of Mount Sidney residents who are supporting legal action to try and change the operating conditions for Flow.
These conditions have been in place for more than two decades, according to Bunch.
“The county has had the position since 1996 and before that it’s always been a by-right use to withdraw water,” she said.
If Flow were to expand its operations at Seawright Springs, it would need a special-use permit, according to Bunch.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s office announced a $15.5 million investment from Canadian water company Flow Alkaline Spring Water in Augusta County in an April 30 press release. The release also mentioned that the facility, the company’s first in the U.S., would include the creation of 51 jobs and would receive a $250,000 grant from the state.Mount Sidney residents are taking their concerns about the Flow Alkaline Spring Water facility at Seawright Springs to the Augusta County Board of Zoning Appeals at 1:30 p.m. today in a public meeting at the county government center in Verona.