Raleigh quarry expansion a no-go

April 14, 2011 6:24:01 AM PDT
Raleigh residents who opposed a rock quarry expansion in their neighborhood can breathe a sigh of relief.

Hanson Aggregates, the company that wanted to buy land and expand the Hanson-Crabtree Creek Quarry, has decided to withdraw its rezoning application.

In a letter written to the City of Raleigh Planning Department, Hanson cited several reasons for its decision. "In light of the vote yesterday and recommendation of denial by the Planning Commission, the statutory protest petition, and the current political realities surrounding this case, management of Hanson Aggregates today has decided to no longer pursue the requested rezoning in Case Z-2-11."

Click here to read the letter

On April 5, The Raleigh Planning Commission unanimously voted to recommend city council deny Hanson's permit request. Hanson wanted 100 acres west of the quarry rezoned from residential to industrial.

While petitioning to rezone, Hanson offered several incentives including a promise to drop a lawsuit against the city, constructing a greenway connection and offering the existing pit for flood control.

Hanson says it appreciates the time and efforts of the city, planning commission and city council, and "? is committed to continuing to be a positive corporate citizen contributing to the life, growth, and vitality of the City of Raleigh."

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