CAROLINE CROSSROADS Free Lance-Star reporter Robyn Sidersky covers Caroline County government and schools. You can reach her at 540/374-5413 or You can follow coverage on Facebook or Twitter as well.
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Planners to discuss mine, high school tonight

The Caroline Planning Commission will discuss the proposed mine at Moss Neck Manor Plantation tonight.

Maryland-based Chaney Enterprises plans to use 544 acres of the 1,209-acre property for mining. However, representatives said at previous meetings that no more than 30 acres would be used at one time. Of those 30 acres, 10 would be used for mining, 10 for preparation and 10 for reclamation.

Since the first presentation to the Planning Commission, the applicant has made modifications to the application and addressed some of the planners’ concerns, including ones about traffic from the trucks that will be used.

In a public hearing tonight, the planners will review a request by the school division for a special exception permit to allow a 75 foot front yard setback at Caroline High School, instead of the required 150 feet. Essentially, the school division wants to move the new front of the high school closer to Route 207. A new front entrance is part of the $21 million in renovations being done to the high school.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Community Services Center, on U.S. 301, just south of Bowling Green. It is open to the public.