BZA approves sand/gravel plant over opposition of residents

LOGANSPORT, Ind. (WLFI) – More than 100 people showed up to the Cass County Board of Zoning Appeals meeting to oppose a proposed sand and gravel plant Monday night.

Engineering Aggregates Corp. wants to build a sand and gravel plant on E. 175 South, just east of Logansport and north of Walton. The company said there will be no blasting at the plant, but there would be machine and grinding noises.

The BZA voted 4-1 to allow a special exception for mineral extraction and variances from developmental standards.

Many county residents spoke out against the proposal.

“We lose our lifestyle, country lifestyle. We lose our property value. We lose everything that you buy a home in the country for,” said Max Waltz, an adjacent property owner.

“If my well is affected, they’re going to call the DNR and then they’ll see what they can do. That doesn’t give me the warm and fuzzies. I don’t feel good about that,” said Audrey Winegardner, another property owner.

“We’ve not received any complaints from any Engineering Aggregate adjacent or adjoining properties and I would suspect this to be much the same, as they did give to the Board of Zoning Appeals property values of other properties that they have gone up,” said Chris Gaumer, Cass County assistant planning director.

The public has 30 days to file an appeal.

It is unknown when construction will begin or when the sand and gravel pit will be up and running.

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