WASHINGTON COUNTY - The Washington County Commissioners correctly approved a zoning change that allows a quarry to expand, but they must explain part of their findings, a judge said in a written decision filed Monday.
Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell affirmed the commissioners' decision to place an industrial mineral floating zone over 80.33 acres zoned agricultural.
However, McDowell sent the matter back to the commissioners and ordered them to explain their findings on where asphalt and cement batch plants will be within the zone.
The commissioners voted 3-2 in July 2005 in favor of the zone change for H.B. Mellott's Beaver Creek Quarry.
Easterday Family Partnership of Hagerstown appealed the commissioners' decision to Washington County Circuit Court. Members of a citizens' group known as Friends of Mount Aetna Creek (FROMAC) joined the appeal.