MIAMI COUNTY —Citing opposition to the proposed operation, Piqua Materials withdrew their application to develop a surface mine in Washington Township.
The company withdrew its application on Wednesday.
“While confident that Piqua Materials would win on the legal merits of its application, those opposed to this move have raised a number of issues which need to be addressed. Accordingly, the better course of action is for Piqua Materials to take a step back to further engage the community on its proposed move,” Piqua Materials President Dennis Garrison said.
Garrison added that the company looks forward to working with the community to address their concerns in the future.
Instead of hearing evidence and testimony from those in favor of and in opposition to the application, the Miami County Board of Zoning Appeals will accept the withdrawal of the application at their meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27, in the Troy Junior High School Cafeteria.
The conditional use permit application was filed with the Miami County Planning and Zoning Department in late September. The application sought approval to develop a 93-acre site in Washington Township for the extraction, processing, and sale of limestone products.
In March, the Miami County Commissioners approved a truck haul route for the proposed surface mine.
At that meeting, neighboring property owners Phil Neal and Tom Hartzell spoke out against the development of a surface mining operation on the property, citing concerns about increased traffic and possible negative impacts on property values.
Signs reading “Stop The Pit” started showing up this spring along roads in the area.
Piqua Materials had projected that mining would begin within a year after approval of all necessary permits and that approximately 5 acres of land would be mined annually.
The company also estimated that approximately 100 trucks would leave the quarry during a normal operating day and approximately 200 trucks at the height of the construction season, according to the application submitted to the county.
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