MIAMI COUNTY — Before a hearing scheduled to consider the proposal, Piqua Materials has withdrawn their application to open a surface mining operation north of Troy.
According to the Miami County Department of Development, representatives for the company formally requested on Wednesday that their application to mine a 93-acre property on Farrington Road be withdrawn.
Instead of hearing evidence and testimony from those in favor of and in opposition to the application, the Miami County Board of Zoning Appeals will accept the withdrawal of the application at their meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27, in the Troy Junior High School Cafeteria.
The conditional use permit application was filed with the Miami County Planning and Zoning Department in late September. The application sought approval to develop a 93-acre site in Washington Township for the extraction, processing, and sale of limestone products.
In March, the Miami County Commissioners approved a truck haul route for the proposed surface mine.
At that meeting, neighboring property owners Phil Neal and Tom Hartzell spoke out against the development of a surface mining operation on the property, citing concerns about increased traffic and possible negative impacts on property values.
Signs reading “Stop The Pit” started showing up this spring along roads in the area.
Piqua Materials had projected that mining would begin within a year after approval of all necessary permits and that approximately 5 acres of land would be mined annually.
The company also estimated that approximately 100 trucks would leave the quarry during a normal operating day and approximately 200 trucks at the height of the construction season, according to the application submitted to the county.
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