The Ashe County Board of Commissioners have voted to appeal the planning board’s approval of Appalachian Materials watershed permit for an asphalt plant in Glendale Springs.

The Ashe Post and Times reports the vote was unanimous at the May 7th meeting. The Planning board voted 3-2 in April to grant the permit.

The report indicates county attorney John Kilby said the Board strongly disagrees with the order and findings of the planning board.

Board members voiced concerns about protecting water and fresh air, as well as concerns about declines in property values in the area as well as impact the tourism industry.

According to the report, the watershed appeal is the county’s second in this matter. The first appeal regarding the polluting industries ordinance is currently in the Court of Appeals.