In a 6 to 3 vote, special permit for the Mahan Gap Road wastewater treatment plant has been denied. 

The Hamilton County Courthouse was packed Wednesday morning as arguments are made over plans for the wastewater treatment plant on Mahan Gap Road.

Shortly before the commission meeting began, seats were full and the doors closed to any additional guests.

A chairwoman kicked off the meeting stating that there was new information regarding the plant and alotted each side 15 minutes to present. 

In response, Commissioner Chester Bankston motioned to deny that request; Commissioner Randy Fairbanks seconded. 

The attorney against the plant claims that moving forward with the plans would result in further litigation. 

In presented evidence, a deed for the Mahan Gap Road property outlining restrictions that favored public health. 

"In the interest of public health and sanitation and in the order the land above described and all other land in the same locality may be benefitted by a decrease in the hazards of stream pollution," guidelines also stated "[party] will not use the above-described property for any purpose that would result in the draining or dumping into the reservoir." 

Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger said this was the most important issue the commission voted on since 2006.