A proposal for a long term development plan involving a quarry received a final denial from the Camden County Commission Sept. 19 after a lengthy review process that bounced the rezoning and special use permit cases among the Camden County Planning Commission, the Camden County Board of Adjustments, the Sunrise Beach Planning Commission and the Sunrise Beach Board of Trustees.
All three county commissioners were present and all voted against the rezoning case.
The denial was expected as all of these entities had reviewed the plan and recommended against the proposal which included rezoning a 30 acre property from agricultural-residential to medium impact commercial and an special use permit (SUP) to mine the site for 15 years. The county board of adjustments denied the SUP Aug. 28.
Mark Magruder and Charles and Phyllis Turner had applied to quarry the Turner property to grade at Highway 5 and Tree Lane in Camden County. The proposal included stopping mining operations at an adjacent existing 30 acre quarry in the Village of Sunrise Beach.
With an Urban Services Boundary Agreement between Sunrise Beach and Camden County, the village was also allowed to officially comment on the cases.
The stated intent by Magruder was to create one large 60 acre flat site at an elevation of 730 feet that would be marketed for commercial development.
According to 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, owner of Magruder Limestone, has estimated that there is another 30 years of mining that can be done at the Sunrise Beach location.
Other property owners in the area were opposed to the proposal over concerns about blasting and have testified against it at the county commission hearing as well as the hearings held by the other local boards.