LONG BEACH : City Won’t Pave the Way for Asphalt Recycler


Residents of a North Long Beach neighborhood won the first round of their fight to keep an asphalt recycling plant out of their area when city planning commissioners voted down the project, 4-1.

Attorneys for EcoPave recycling said they plan to appeal the decision to the City Council, according to Lisa Heep, city zoning administrator. EcoPave President Steven Vance could not be reached for comment.

Because the neighborhood around the 6100 block of Paramount Boulevard is zoned for light industrial use and EcoPave’s operation is considered heavy industrial, plant owners needed both a conditional-use permit and a modification of the general plan before setting up shop. Planning commissioners rejected both requests last week.


About 20 residents spoke against the proposed plant, claiming the asphalt recycling would create too much noise and smell and increase truck traffic. They were joined by administrators of nearby Charter Hospital.

Councilman Warren Harwood also opposed the plant. “We all think it is a bit of a stinker,” he said.