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  • Public hearing next week on asphalt plant in village

  • The Sunrise Beach Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on a proposed conditional use permit for an asphalt plant Monday, Jan. 7.
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  • The Sunrise Beach Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on a proposed conditional use permit for an asphalt plant Monday, Jan. 7. The meeting of the board that oversees planning and zoning in the Village of Sunrise Beach will be held at 6 p.m. at the Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District Administration Building at 30 Porter Mill Spring Rd. just off Hwy. 5 across from the Hurricane Deck Elementary School.
    The main agenda item to the public hearing on the application by Magruder Limestone, Inc. of Troy, Mo. for a CUP to allow an asphalt plant from July-December 2013 at the Sunrise Beach quarry site at 12729 Hwy. 5.
    The property is zoned commercial and does not allow for a new industrial use. The quarry at the site is a pre-existing non-conforming use and is "grandfathered" in.
    An asphalt plant formerly operated at the quarry, but in a different spot by a different operator, as a non-conforming pre-existing use, but lost its grandfathered status by zoning ordinance after being out of operation for six months or more.
    Magruder opened its case to the planning commission Dec. 3.
    Magruder is seeking to open the asphalt plant after being awarded a contract by the Missouri Department of Transportation to resurface around 28 miles of Route 5 as well as adding four foot shoulders to the highway in Camden and Morgan counties. The road work will be done during the 2013 construction season.
    The company wants to quarry the rock and produce the asphalt all at one location instead of hauling rock to another site for the process.
    The proposed plant would be located at the quarry but down in the hole created by the quarry instead of on the hill, according to company owner Mark Magruder.
    The company also plans to utilize a more efficient plant to reduce emissions and odor, but the new plant will not be a "green" plant nor will it completely eliminate odors.
    The proposed plant has passed the stack test per Missouri Department of Natural Resources regulations, according to Magruder.
    With mining for the project, the quarry floor will likely be lowered another 40 feet down from the current lowest part of the floor, he said.
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