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Raleigh panel votes against expanding rock quarry

Posted April 6, 2011 9:03 a.m. EDT

— 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.