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Clear Spring quarry site plan approved

March 08, 2005|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

The Washington County Planning Commission on Monday unanimously approved a site plan for expansion at a long-standing quarry in the Clear Spring area.

The planning commission approved a plan presented by Martin Marietta Aggregates, of Raleigh, N.C., to expand its extraction area at its Bottom Road mining operation by about 7.7 acres. Also included in the plan was 0.6 of an acre for stockpile storage and access, according to planning documents.

Planner Tim Lung said the site plan would not increase traffic to the site or the operation's current production rate.

Mitch Scott, an environmental manager with Martin Marietta Aggregates, said the company owns the property to the north, south and east. He said he was not aware of any public objections to the expansion.

Production Manager Mark Goethel said that as material leaves quarries, companies have to expand to find more of it.

"Every quarry goes through rezoning," he said.

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Planning Commissioner R. Ben Clopper said the issue was not controversial because the area has been zoned for such an operation for more than three decades.

"You've got to remember, the industrial overlay has been there for a long time," Clopper said. "There wasn't a whole lot of question about this."

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