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  • Trustees say no to Magruder again

  • The Sunrise Beach Board of Trustees has again said no to a proposed rezoning and special use permit to quarry and level a property in Camden County adjacent to the village.
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  • The Sunrise Beach Board of Trustees has again said no to a proposed rezoning and special use permit to quarry and level a property in Camden County adjacent to the village.
    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 means a super-majority is required to approve the two applications that are before the county planning commission and board of adjustment and eventually the county commission.
    The village trustees voted Aug. 12 against both the rezoning and permit after the village planning commission recommended denial of the proposal.
    The trustees were voting on the issue a second time after being notified of a modification to the proposal.
    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). They had originally proposal B-3, high impact commercial, for big box stores.
    Mark Magruder is proposing to quarry the property to create a flat spot suitable for development and combine it with another 30 acre property to the north 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 operates as a non-conforming pre-existing use.
    Magruder has proposed ending mining operations at the existing quarry 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 would also agree to a time frame of 15 years on the special use permit for mining. The county had initially proposed five years and Magruder 30 years.
    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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