It was another no on Wednesday for a long term development proposal that would have permitted a quarry to level 30 acres at Highway 5 and Tree Lane in Camden County adjacent to Sunrise Beach.
With four of five board members present, the Camden County Board of Adjustments voted unanimously against a special use permit for Magruder Quarry & Equipment and Charles and Phyllis Turner to operate a quarry on the Turners' property for 15 years to level the land for commercial retail development space.
Though the public hearing was continued from July, no one from the public made any further testimony, and no one on the applicants' side was in attendance at the meeting.
Property owners in the area of the site were opposed to the proposal over concerns about blasting and have testified against it.
The Turner property and an adjacent existing quarry in Sunrise Beach would have combined for a 60 acre flat development site at a proposed elevation of 730 feet.
There was no end buyer in place. The stated intent was to flatten the property and put it up for sale.
According to Mark Magruder, he made the proposal to end quarry operations early at the existing quarry and leave a more useable property once mining is done. When quarry operations are finished, the state requires little in the way of land reclamation.
Magruder has estimated that there is another 30 years of mining that can be done at the Sunrise Beach location.
The vote was in line with the Camden County Planning Commission's recent stance against rezoning the property to medium impact commercial from agricultural-residential which was part of the overall development plan.
With an Urban Services Boundary Agreement between Sunrise Beach and Camden County, the village was also allowed to officially comment on the case. The Sunrise Beach Planning Commission and the Sunrise Beach Board of Trustees both recommended denial of the proposal.
The Camden County Commission will have the final say on the rezoning. A public hearing on the case will be held at 10 a.m. Sept. 19.