Stone quarry approval still facing delays

Map showing where the proposed stone quarry will be placed near Americus. (WLFI Photo)
Map showing where the proposed stone quarry will be placed near Americus. (WLFI Photo)

AMERICUS, Ind. (WLFI) – The Natural Resources Commission has dismissed one of the appeals of the DNR approval of a proposed quarry in Tippecanoe County near Americus.

The Department of Natural Resources approved plans for a quarry near Americus in January despite objections of hundreds of area residents. Soon after, the decision was appealed with the Natural Resources Commission.

Just this week, the Commission issued the final order of dismissal to one of the appeals.

According to a member of the Americus Area Community Coalition, there’s a status hearing later this month for several more people who have filed appeals.

Either way the Rogers Group which is proposing the quarry may be running out of time to make the June 25 Board of Zoning Appeals meeting which serves as the final approval or denial.

Before the BZA meeting, the proposal needs approval from the drainage board at its June meeting. But, as of Friday, the Rogers Group hadn’t filed their plans with the board.

The group also hasn’t submitted updated site plans with the BZA that reflect the new DNR requirements.

Area planners told News 18 they have about three weeks to do so, otherwise they won’t have time to review and make a recommendation.

If the Rogers Group doesn’t make the June BZA meeting, they will have to refile at a cost of $500.

AACC will hold an informational meeting on May 22.

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