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Hearing set for quarry expansion

January 11, 1999|By SCOTT BUTKI

Public hearing

  • Proposal is for H.B. Mellott Estate Inc. to expand its Beaver Creek quarry.
  • Monday, Jan. 11
  • 7 p.m.
  • Courtroom #1, Washington County Courthouse, Hagerstown





At a public hearing tonight, citizens get their chance to speak out on a rezoning which would allow the expansion of H.B. Mellott Estate Inc.'s Beaver Creek quarry.

The company wants to expand from 129 to 208 acres but first needs the Washington County Commissioners to approve a rezoning request.

The quarry is zoned conservation with an industrial-mineral overlay. The overlay is needed so the company can extract mineral reserves from the property.

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Mellott has an option to lease 79 acres in the northeast corner of the Md. 66-Interstate 70 interchange. The land is zoned conservation and the company wants to add the industrial-mineral overlay.

The public hearing is before a joint meeting of the Washington County Planning Commission and the County Commissioners

Some local residents, including members of Friends of Beaver Creek, are fighting the rezoning request. The Friends group formed in 1985 as part of an unsuccessful effort to block expansion of the quarry on its east side.

The residents plan to remind the commissioners that the rock quarry would be one of the first sights seen by motorists as they enter Washington County from Frederick County on Interstate 70.

The quarry is adjacent to the Albert M. Powell Trout Hatchery area, which is fed by the Beaver Creek Spring. Currently the quarry is 1,500 to 2,000 feet from Beaver Creek, but it would be at least 500 feet closer if the expansion occurs, said Timothy Lung, a county senior planner.

There will not be a staff recommendation until after the public hearing.

Lung said he does not think the issue will come to the County Commissioners for a final decision until February or March.

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