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Rock quarry rezoning removed from County Commission agenda

Posted on Monday, March 20, 2017 at 3:06 pm

 

A rock quarry won’t be operating in the Greenhaw community at least for a little while.

The Franklin County Commission was set to consider a request by Tinsley Asphalt Inc. at Monday night’s meeting at the Courthouse to rezone property in the 5600 block of Greenhaw Road from an agricultural to an industrial district which would allow the rock quarry.

However, Tinsley had asked late Monday morning that the request be removed from the evening’s agenda with an option to have it reconsidered by the County Commission at a later date. No specific reason was given for why the removal request was made.

Commission Chairman Eddie Clark sent out a memo to fellow commissioners, informing them of the request.

The Planning Commission had recommended use permitted on appeal status, meaning that if approved by the County Commission, the quarry’s operations would be subject to strict review by the Board of Zoning Appeals.

The legal fight for the quarry began in 2008 and was strongly opposed by residents of the Greenhaw neighborhood who said it would diminish property values and destroy their quality of life in the rural area.

In addition to property values and quality of life issues, residents have expressed concerns about safety from large gravel-hauling trucks on a narrow road.

Peter Tinsley, Tinsley Asphalt owner, has said his company must abide by strict standards and has taken the required steps to get permits from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and Environmental Protection Agency which would ensure the quarry’s operations would be handled properly and not negatively impact the neighborhood.

He said the financial savings the county would have from having a local quarry would be a tremendous financial boost to the county.

Tinsley said the total savings to the county would be about $2.36 million per year on the asphalt and aggregate gravel products combined.


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