Appeals Board Oks Quarry -- With Changes

April 25, 1997|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

The Howard County Board of Appeals last night gave final approval for a proposed rock quarry in Jessup, but not without one more bit of controversy.

The unanimous vote allows developer Kingdon Gould Jr., a North Laurel resident and a Washington parking lot magnate, to establish a quarry to mine a crystalline rock called Baltimore gabbro on a 546-acre wooded site east of Interstate 95, west of U.S. 1 and south of Route 175.

But the board also made several changes to the statement of approval, one of which was never discussed during public testimony, charged Rosemary Ford, one of several community leaders opposed to the quarry.

After the board voted to add a turn lane on the northbound side of U.S. 1 to allow dump trucks to turn left into the proposed quarry, Ford said such a change should have been publicly debated.

"That was never discussed during testimony," she said, adding that the change could be the basis for an appeal of the board's approval of the quarry. "I was amazed by that."

The board also allowed trucks to begin loading crushed rock one hour before the start of operations.

"Part of my concern is that if we have trucks stacked up at 7 [a.m.] and they're dispersed every five minutes or so, they're running into the first wave of rush-hour traffic," said board member Jerry Rushing. "If they started at 6, they can get out a little earlier and that's really beneficial to the community."

Richard B. Talkin, an attorney representing Gould, said he was pleased that the board signed the document after 10 months' worth of testimony.

The developer must obtain site development and environmental permits from the county and state.

The quarry operation is expected to yield 1 million to 2 million tons of rock a year for 25 years.

Plans call for the quarry to operate between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays.

Pub Date: 4/25/97

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