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  • Village denies Magruder plan

  • A proposed rezoning and special use permit to quarry and prepare for commercial development a property in Camden County adjacent to the Village of Sunrise Beach met with another no from city officials Monday night.
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  • A proposed rezoning and special use permit to quarry and prepare for commercial development a property in Camden County adjacent to the Village of Sunrise Beach met with another no from city officials Monday night.
    The village planning commission discussed the case to make a recommendation to the board of trustees which will vote to make official comment on the case at its Aug. 12 meeting.
    With the Urban Services Boundary Agreement between Sunrise Beach and Camden County, the village is allowed to officially comment on P&Z cases involving property within 1 1/2 miles of the village-county boundary. A denial from the village trustees - which is now likely - means a super-majority is required to approve the case.
    Magruder Quarry & Equipment and Charles and Phyllis Turner have applied to rezone the Turners' 30 acre property at Highway 5 and Tree Ln. from agricultural-residential to medium impact commercial (B-2).
    Mark Magruder is proposing to quarry the property to create a flat spot suitable for development.
    Magruder Limestone mines at an existing quarry on an adjacent 30 acres to the north owned by Harry Adrian. Zoned general commercial (C-2) in the village, the quarry is grandfathered, operating as a non-conforming pre-existing use.
    Magruder has proposed ending mining operations at the existing quarry - despite useable rock still left at the site - to maintain a feasible elevation for development.
    While the existing quarry's current elevation of 700 feet was originally proposed for both sites, Magruder has revised the elevation to 730 feet after continuing negotiations with the county. The current quarry would be back-filled with material from the new site.
    At the village planning commission meeting, Magruder said he has also agreed to a time frame of 15 years on the special use permit for mining. With no firm number initially, the county had proposed five years, but Magruder then estimated 30 years.
    At the end of the special use permit, the two properties - 60 acres - leveled to the same elevation would then be marketed for sale for commercial development with the idea being that Magruder would make up revenue lost from discontinuing mining through the sale of the properties.
    At the time of development, the Turner property would likely have to be annexed into the village to get water and sewer services from the village.
    The proposal originally sought high impact commercial (B-3) for big box stores, but the application was downgraded after the initial hearing by county planning and zoning (P&Z) in July.
    The Sunrise Beach trustees voted against that proposal as well. The village planning commission did not hear the case at that time as it was unable to form a quorum at its July meeting.
    Page 2 of 2 - Testimony from other property owners in the area to the county P&Z commission and board of adjustments and the village planning commission indicated concerns about blasting. People opposed to the proposal said they would rather the quarry be contained to the current site. They feared the plan would simply lead to a quarry expansion.
    The public hearing by the county planning commission on the rezoning case was continued to its Aug. 21 after requesting a general traffic study, planned volume of soil to be removed and a grading plan.
    The county board of adjustment continued its hearing of the special use permit to its Aug. 28 meeting to await the decision on the rezoning.
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