Thursday, August 05, 1999

Boone planners reject mine

Longbranch subdivision wins OK

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        BURLINGTON — Two controversial development projects made their way to the Boone County Planning Commission on Wednesday night.

        With no discussion, but with a full house of opposition in the audience, the planning commission voted not to recommend any of the three proposals from Martin Marietta Materials Inc. to the fiscal court

        The company wants to establish an underground mining operation in Boone County.

        The commission also voted 7-6 to recommend to the Florence City Council a proposal that would allow a housing development called Longbranch Park, which would include up to 954 homes as well as 35 acres of green space including public and private parks and a public lake for fishing.

        “I thought they really fought for the residents and asked a lot of good questions for the people of Boone County,” Kerry Trouberman of Pe tersburg said of the mining issue.

        The fiscal court is expected to vote on the mining issue next month.

        “That's a big hurdle,” Ms. Trouberman said. “Hopefully they'll decide with us.”

        The zone change committee's report said that none of Martin Marietta's proposals fit with the county's comprehensive plan and that several residents in the area relied on the fact that the plan does not call for industrial uses and/or mining uses for the site.

        “These parties have made substantial investments based on this fact,” the report read.

        The report also says Martin Marietta tried to demonstrate that, based on the criteria for the industrial zone, a subsurface mine could not be located in Boone County except for the site under review.

        There are other locations, the report said, where a mine could go.

        “We're curious to know what those locations might be,” said James Dressman, an attorney for the mining company. “They've never given us an answer.”

        Boone County Fiscal Court members are under the same political pressure as the commission, Mr. Dressman said, so he does not expect a favorable vote from either.

        The answer Martin Marietta is looking for will come in court, he said.

        “There's no doubt in my mind,” he said.

        Another opposition group at the meeting wasn't so pleased with the commission. It was fighting the Longbranch Park housing development along Longbranch Road. The city of Florence wants to annex 367 acres for the project.

        Several commissioners voiced concerns about the project's compatibility with the comprehensive plan and possible traffic problems.

        “The people who live on Longbranch now, I don't see any benefit to them,” said Commissioner Robert Schwenke.

        Others said the infrastructure needed would be provided by the city.

        “It's very disappointing to go through all this, coming out here to the courthouse to lose by one vote,” said Jerry Haskell, a resident of Longbranch Road. “It's very disappointing when the primary concern was the safety of the residents because of the way the road was constructed.”

        Florence City Council members will meet with Union commission members before a final decision is made.


Everything just peachy at Graeter's
Foodborne illness hunted
Facts about E. coli
Police consider shooting revision
Adams County puts TB patient under guard
Bell might contest new area for N. Ky.
City Council approves $150K for health activists
DARE program scrutinized
Farmers ask Ohio for help
Where to see a tennis star
ATP turns Mason into a mecca
Crucial exit stays open for games, Tall Stacks
Lightning struck Kings Island ride
Pharmacy thefts prompt task force
Princeton levy result hangs on 44 votes
Wyoming man killed mountain climbing
Feeding strays shouldn't be a crime
Campbell Co. seniors' picnic summer's political hot spot
Court told of girl's last night: Sick, beaten as mother partied
Dressing direct
Kunzel to conduct in hero's hometown
Area troupe offers leaner Shakespeare
Art teacher settles with NKU for $150,000
Badin AD moves to Lakota West
- Boone planners reject mine
City, schools to split cost of crossing guards
Clearcreek looks at police cuts
Death sentence overturned
Fairfield restaurant will serve tricks, too
Hospital sued over narcotics accusation
Jurors watch two explicit videos in obscenity trial
Lebanon council race has 5 seeking 3 seats
Lebanon seeks to preserve homes
Madison film needs local actors only
Man choked son, police say
Martin counting on N.Ky.
Masked man attacks, beats 13-year-old boy for cigarettes
Mason plans for another 5,000 pupils in 6 years
New bathhouse, pool to come
Police chief steps down after deal on settlement
Ross schools chief: Help us draw up plan
Rotating shifts leave officers miffed
School may refuse credits for missed classes
Sidney suspect taken to hospital
Special diploma shows work ethic
Townships: Keep taxes at home
Two cities seek help with merger