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Raleigh panel votes against expanding rock quarry

Posted April 6, 2011

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— Residents of a north Raleigh neighborhood opposed to a proposed expansion of a nearby rock quarry won a small victory Tuesday night.

The Raleigh Planning Commission voted unanimously to deny Hanson Aggregate's request to rezone 100 acres off Duraleigh Road from residential to industrial use.

The planning commission's recommendation is not binding for the City Council, which has the final say on the rezoning request. Because residents are protesting the request, at least six councilors would have to vote in favor of it.

Residents of the Delta Ridge subdivision say the noise and blasting associated with an expansion of the quarry would hurt their quality of life and property values.

Hanson Aggregates officials say they are being good neighbors by offering to extend the Crabtree Greenway through the site to Umstead State Park, add 50 parking spaces for park visitors, create a nine-acre nature preserve and allow the city to use the quarry for flood control.


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  • EverythingTicksMeOff Apr 6, 2011

    Innocuous, ya' mean they just found them there bricks down in that there hole in the ground? Shezaaaaamm!

  • Innocuous Apr 6, 2011

    Just think, this quarry produced all the nice brick and stone used to build the huge homes of the people who are now complaining about the expansion. I love the Hanson brick used by my builder. I'm so glad the brick was made close by.

  • sweethaven4me Apr 6, 2011

    Used to live in Oak Park and could feel some vibrations. With that said I am a Civil Engineer and no blasting done in a Quarry operation would cause your home damamge. I think it would be great to allow them to expand and link the Greenway to Umpstead, create a nine acre preserve and most importantly to have flood control. I'm sorry but viable business and taxes created from that always take precedent over residents who knew there was a Quarry there before they moved. Reminds me of Right to Farm law in my home state. There are those who beleive that our country can do without labor based jobs and their growth, but look where that has gotten us. Debt to China, Japan, no industry hardly left, and our imports far exceed our exports. Sorry people, me, you, all of us need industry including Quarrying. If you bought for a high price in a neighborhood with any industry around it then that is your fault. You are not gauranteed a profit, or that your home value will stay the same.

  • Leonardo Apr 6, 2011

    "yeah and how long has this quarry been there and when did you move there. Did you ride around and see the surrounding area or just knew it was a nice yard. Most people move here not knowing whats a block away and then blame them for making a living."

    To be clear, these residents aren't asking that the existing quarry be shut down. They just don't want it to expand to their front door steps.

    The "first guy here" argument goes both ways. If the quarry wanted to expand, it should have done so BEFORE the residents moved in. But they didn't. And now the quarry has to live with that decision.

  • demo7691 Apr 6, 2011

    yeah and how long has this quarry been there and when did you move there. Did you ride around and see the surrounding area or just knew it was a nice yard. Most people move here not knowing whats a block away and then blame them for making a living.

  • cameronmartz2 Apr 6, 2011

    The existing Hanson quarry is not being shut down. It will still be operating for another 20 years or more in its current location. It will continue to provide rock and jobs and taxes until it is no longer mineable. The quarry is owned by a British company who was seeking to purchase residential land and turn THAT into a NEW quarry 1.5 times as large as the existing quarry and much deeper.

    The land would not become "part of the park," as dlnorri suggests. Additionally, this expansion will take a quarry that is currently half a mile away from some existing homes and put operations within 100 feet of their back yards. This is more than a noise issue, as the vibrations from blasting already affect the structures of thousands of homes.

    In any case, the Planning Commission, who has actually carefully studied the proposal for several months, unanimously sees the balance as having a very negative impact on Raleigh, its residents, and other businesses. Kudos to them!

  • nighthunter Apr 6, 2011

    hey gg2- There is already a giant hole- the quarry has been there for a very long time. The question is, do you want an operational business providing taxes to the city and county, or do you want a giant hole producing zip, while the business moves somewhere else and pays taxes to that new county. Oh, and by the way quarry folks- your old digs would be an ideal place to develop technology sophisticated underground energy efficient apartments.

  • tar97heel Apr 6, 2011

    "They can go quarry somewhere in the country. This city needs land not giant holes.
    April 6, 2011 9:56 a.m."

    Yeah, always "somewhere else." Ok, put them out in the county and raise trucking costs. Then when DOT bids out a project, your taxes have to go up to cover the added expense. Then you will be complaining about the "liberal tax agenda." More likely, the project gets put on hold, and you will be complaining about potholes rattling your back and that "**** DOT."

  • dlnorri Apr 6, 2011

    Lets make a planning change to allow park access thruogh these nimby's subdivision, on street parking and all. The quarry was already there. 100 acres is about 2100' x 2100' (1/3 mile square). Raliehg is getting a pretty good deal to allow that huge hole expand a little. One day it will be part of the park....

  • tar97heel Apr 6, 2011

    I find it hard to believe that 100 acres makes a difference in blast noise and vibrations. The residents almost certainly a) knew the quarry was there before they bought, and b) have felt and heard things since day 1 - and if not, they wouldn't hear them if they expanded 100 acres. And yes, it's always the NIMBYs who complain about this stuff, and who are probably the same people who watched their stock portfolios tank, and complained about that. Materials/aggregate producers have been near to death in this state since 2009, so we should be glad business and demand for materials (uptick in construction projects)has a pulse again.