Quarry expansion OK draws little opposition

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By Thomas Barr

 SHEPHERDSVILLE – Looking toward the future, Quality Stone was hoping to gain approval to eventually move into a new area of mining.

And with little opposition, Shanklin Farm and Quality Stone received a conditional-use permit to begin open-pit mining on another 126 acres which is in the middle of an existing operation on Preston Highway.

The Bullitt County Board of Adjustment unanimously approved the conditional-use permit on Thursday.

Attorney John Wooldridge, representing the applicant, said Quality Stone began operations in 1965. Since that time, the company moved to a second portion of the property. Since 2001, the company has operated on that tract on a conditional-use permit.

With the rock not quite the same quality as the original site, Wooldridge said the company is hoping for better limestone when it begins work at the third location.

When the Holloway family purchased the Shanklin Farm, it was already surrounded by Quality Stone.

As a result, Wooldridge said surrounding neighbors would see little difference in the operation.

Wooldridge said the same entrance on Preston Highway would be used and residents should see no difference as the operation will not increase productivity.

“We’ve tried to be a good citizen to the community,” said Kevin Holloway, operator of the quarry. “We just want to continue our current operation.”

Joseph Stansbury, however, was concerned with rock quarries in general. He and his neighbors are currently engaged in a legal battle with the city of Hillview over its recent rezoning to allow Bullitt County Stone to expand closer to their homes off Bells Mill Road and Castlerock Drive.

“I’m against rock quarries in a residential area,” said Stansbury.

He said dust is a problem that is hard to detect and even harder to control.

He was worried about rock dust getting on the roads, causing dangerous situations.

He was concerned about the added truck traffic.

And he still worried about Ruhl Acre residents who sit just across Preston Highway from Quality Stone.

Duane Price, a board member who excused himself from voting due to his employment at the company, said that the request falls into line with the comprehensive land-use plan.

Price said there were no homes in the area and the operation has been in place for well over 25 years.

“These are very good people here,” Price said. “This is a first-class operation.”

Wooldridge said that the amount of truck traffic would not increase. Nor would the production at the plant.

Instead, it would primarily be a shift from one quarry location to another.

Roads are kept clean and Wooldridge said the company has been on a conditional-use permit for years with no complaints.

The board unanimously approved the conditional-use permit.

In other board action:

*Approved a variance for William Underwood to build a detached garage on Greymont Drive. The variance is to allow the garage to encroach four-feet into the side yard setback.

There was no opposition.

*Settlers Point Business Park received approval for a reduction in parking space size. This is a normal request.

Attorney Ray Bannon said the request is for the new Norton medical facility on Conestoga Parkway and Adam Shepherd Parkway.

The medical firm has temporary office space on the property but the variance will be for the new facility.

The next meeting of the Bullitt County Board of Adjustment will be on Thursday, March 14, at 6 p.m. at the courthouse annex. The public is invited to attend.