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Residents pack meeting for second time over proposed industrial site in Bulloch Co.

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STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) -

A heated meeting in Statesboro for the second time.

More than a hundred neighbors oppose a developer's second plan to create a large industrial park in rural Bulloch County. They voiced the same concerns months ago.

Neighbors came here to convince county leaders for a second time not to rezone land for this industrial site.

The developer's attorney listed stipulations in the rezoning request that would give county leaders input into what kinds of industry could move into the site. But a dozen opponents voiced the crowd's concerns over wetlands impact, water pollution, as well as traffic worries.

The attorney noted Bulloch will soon run out of space in local parks and might not be able to attract new businesses. But neighbors and landowners said the site was just too big to not have specific answers on what would go there.

“A 400-acre site would have less impact on its neighbors than a 4,600 site and it wouldn't attract industries that could use up 1.9 million gallons of water a day,” said Alex Floyd, a neighbor.

After two hours of discussion, the board voted to recommend against a zoning change.

But this vote doesn't end things. It's just a recommendation to county commissioners who'll vote on October 4.

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