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Public at odds on mine site

The Caroline County Planning Commission discussed a possible mining site off Route 17, at Moss Neck Manor, Wednesday but took no action. Discussion of the special-exception permit will be continued at the panel’s July work session.

A sand and gravel mine is being proposed by Maryland-based Chaney Enterprises.

The company plans to use 544 acres of the 1,209-acre property for mining. However, representatives said 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.

The site will be subdivided into two parcels: one with 912 acres and the other with 292 acres. Two lakes would also be created on the property.

There are already four sand and gravel mining operations in the Route 17 corridor.

Representatives of the applicant made a lengthy presentation to the Planning Commission, which included a video and an extensive history of the company.

The planners expressed concern over several aspects of the proposal including the impact it would have to traffic on Route 17, which is considered an arterial road. Around 150 to 200 truck trips to the mine are expected daily.

About 16 people spoke during the public hearing. The group was split down the middle between those for the proposal and those against it.

Those in favor said they thought it would be good for the county in terms of revenue and jobs. Those against had concerns about the impact on the surrounding area, the traffic, and how well it would fit into the county’s comprehensive plan.

David Cunningham, who said he is a pastor in a surrounding county, brought a petition with 700 signatures of Caroline County residents who are in favor of the mine.

After the hearing, the planners unanimously voted to defer action until the July 2 work session.

Robyn Sidersky 540/374-5413

rsidersky@freelancestar.com

 

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