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Steve Mills

Meeting Tuesday Night (Jan 13) for zoning change that would affect all Bedford County

Posted Monday, January 12, 2009, at 12:35 PM
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  • I need to correct one small factual error:

    "Individual approval might not even be necessary."

    That's incorrect. At least two different levels of zoning approval would still be necessary if the rules were to be changed. Neither the M-1 zone (where quarries would be allowed under the proposal) nor the M-2 zone (where quarries are allowed now) exists on the current county zoning map. So anyone seeking to open a quarry would still, even if the rules change is approved, have to request a rezoning. The rezoning process starts with the planning commission and then goes to the county commission. Then, when and if they got the rezoning, the developers would have to request a special exception from the Board of Zoning Appeals to operate a quarry within the M-1 zone.

    That's not to say that the rules change is a good idea or a bad one. I'm not going to wade into that pool. But it's not correct to say that the rules change would allow quarries to locate without individual approval; quarry operators would have to go before three different bodies and get two different permissions in order to proceed, and the rezoning request would also require a public hearing.

    -- Posted by Jicarney on Mon, Jan 12, 2009, at 1:16 PM
  • I live about a mile from a rock quarry. If I had known it was there I would'nt have bought there. They will cause damage to your house and property. If these people can stop it, DO IT!!!!

    -- Posted by vandy6 on Mon, Jan 12, 2009, at 2:01 PM
  • How can a meeting be about something that doesn't exist:

    "Neither the M-1 zone (where quarries would be allowed under the proposal) nor the M-2 zone (where quarries are allowed now) exists on the current Rural/AG county zoning map"

    If neither zone currently exists, how can anyone be discussing moving something from the non-existent M2 zone to the non-existent M1 zone as a special exception?

    Has there been a meeting about placing both zones on the rural/AG zoning map? Or are we goin' about somethin' in a kinda backwards way to be sure the horse is way ahead of the cart?

    I do agree with this stated by Mr. Mills:

    From what I have seen and heard, the change would move control of mining, rock quarries, strip mining and similar activities to a different zone category that is MUCH less controlled. Much less control translates to making it easier to get such an operation going.

    And how about making the purchase of land for such activities much cheaper to purchase for the quarry developer.

    Bedford County needs to stick to the heavy industry/special impact zones they have already established for these kinds of operations and quit wasting everybody's time and concern.

    -- Posted by BelmontUGrad on Mon, Jan 12, 2009, at 5:27 PM
  • I meant after the change, but I was wrong there too. Thanks John for be up on those details.

    So neither M-1 nor M-2 exist, but they are approved zones?

    Are there no quarries in the County now? If not, where is the closest one?

    If you need a special exception in M-1 anyway, what is the purpose of requesting the change?

    Sorry for the uninformed questions, but there is a reason why I stay away from legal issues. I am not trying to hook you into taking sides, but you may be more neutral than asking either side.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jan 12, 2009, at 5:29 PM
  • Last night I received a call that said one of the key items about moving from M-2 to M-1 was the ability spot zone where ever someone wanted it. M-2 had restrictions that could not be as "mobile".

    Anyone know?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Jan 13, 2009, at 9:14 AM
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