Saturday, September 16, 2000

Mining companies to fight together

Hilltop plans to join lawsuit against Boone

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        BURLINGTON — Two companies that were once separately vying to establish an underground limestone mine in Boone County have joined forces.

        Hilltop Basic Resources, Inc. filed a motion Friday to intervene in the lawsuit filed by Martin Marietta Materials Inc. several years ago against the county.

        It challenged the non-existence of zoning regulations that would allow underground mining.

        In 1997, a special Kenton County judge ordered Boone County to develop zoning regulations that would allow for the industry. The county developed text to address the issue in its zoning code but did not designate an area on the land-use map.

        Boone Fiscal Court has denied proposals from both companies, saying neither of their proposals fits the county's comprehensive plan, a document that guides land use. Hilltop's rejection came just last month, but Martin Marietta has been been battling with opponents and the county since 1993.

        “It is not in agreement with the comprehensive land-use plan for the county,” said Boone County Judge-executive Gary Moore. “I firmly stand behind that decision.”


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