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Quarry proposed near Rockport

After hearing concerns raised by residents about a proposed two-acre sandstone rock quarry one half-mile south of Rockport Reservoir, as well as experts’ responses to those concerns, the Eastern Summit Planning Commission is continuing the discussion in another public hearing.

"The Planning Commission is basically deferring to the experts and saying, ‘We want the experts to tell us what will be required,’" County Planner Sean Lewis said. "And the experts are saying, ‘Nothing is being required.’ So now the Planning Commission is moving it forward to a public hearing to hear what the public has to say about how the applicant has addressed the issues."

The quarry, located at 7120 North S.R. Peoa, will operate 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. is expected to generate two to six truckloads of excavated material on trucks legally able to operate on the highway.

The applicant, Wesley Siddoway, is a third-generation heir to the property, which until this time has been used for agriculture.

"I came up with a plan to start mining for rock as a way to add financial stability to the existing ranch operations while not posing any threat or degradation to the agricultural activities or rural lifestyle," Siddoway said in a written statement to county staff. "As a progressive plan, I worked with my father and mother to create an overall goal which will lead to improved land and add long-term value to the property for continued use. Preservation of the current ranching and farming is at the forefront of the rock quarry."

Besides ensuring his family’s financial stability, Siddoway said the quarry will benefit Summit County, as they plan to hire several employees and the quarry itself will provide bank stabilization rocks to control erosive water.

But during the first public hearing on Aug. 1, nearby property owners site spoke against the project.

"A lot of the concerns were traffic impact, water issues, dust control, possible airborne contaminants and the blasting," County Planner Sean Lewis said.

Despite their concerns about traffic, the Utah Department of Transportation wrote a letter on Aug. 15 stating the quarry would have no adverse effects on S.R. 32, but if the quarry acre size increases in the future, Siddoway will need to meet with UDOT staff to discuss impact and obtaining an access permit.

According to the letter, if there are increases in crashes or traffic volume, UDOT may install a raised median or restrict access to only right turns.

The Utah Division of Air Quality also signed off on the project.

County staff had originally considered recommending the applicant go through a voluntary dust mitigation program.

And after hearing residents’ concerns about whether Siddoway had water rights that could be used for dust suppression and control, Siddoway contracted with Mountain Regional Water District specifically for dust control.

"But the Planning Commission felt that if the Division of Air Quality did not believe the impacts from the quarry would rise to a condition where mitigation would be required, then the voluntary mitigation would be onerous for the applicant to go through," Lewis said.

The public hearing will be held at 6 p.m. on Sept. 19 at the Kamas City Hall at 170 North Main Street in Kamas to hear additional public input.


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