The state Court of Appeals has agreed to hear arguments in a quarry company's case against the county.
The state's highest court has agreed to hear an appeal filed by The Arundel Corp., said company attorney William B. Dulany of Westminster.
"We're very happy with this decision," he said.
The company, based in Towson, Baltimore County, would like to open a quarry in the Wakefield Valley area and has been involved in a zoning dispute with the county over its plans for the past three years.
After hearing arguments early next year, the high court probably will not make a decision until spring, Dulany said.
Arundel is considering opening a quarry in the limestone-rich area between Westminster and New Windsor. The company owns land adjacent to the Genstar Stone Products Co. site in the area.
In August 1987, Arundel submitted an application to the county zoning board to establish a quarry in an agricultural zone.
Before the board could rule on the application, the County Commissioners passed a law requiring detailed site-development plans from mining companies.
When the county refused to review Arundel's application until it had complied with the new law, Arundel appealed to Carroll Circuit Court, which ruled in its favor.
The county then appealed the case to the Court of Special Appeals, which ruled last April that Arundel had to comply with the new law.
The company then asked the court to reconsider its decision, and last May, the court refused to do so.
Arundel then appealed the case to the state's highest court.