In Fayetteville, Ark., the local Planning Board unanimously voted to table a permit request for the expansion of the Hunt-Rogers Quarry. The site has been in operation since 2004, and operating under as a grandfathered use following the passage of a 2006 county planning ordinance in that zones all unincorporated land in Washington County for agricultural or single-family residential use.
County Planning Director Nathan Crouch told the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette that the permit will be on the planning board’s April 2 agenda. Hunt-Rogers is seeking to expand mining on its 535-acre parcel from about 50 acres to 241 acres. If approved, it would extend the life of the deposit from five to seven years to 40 to 50 years.
At the planning board’s Jan. 23 meeting, numerous area residents attended, with many voicing concern about blasting, noise, dust, and hazards due to truck traffic.
One board member suggested he was not comfortable approving the size of the expansion, either in times of size or duration, while another asked for the project to be shown a plan with phases of development and a timeline for expansion.