Caroline planners approve Chaney Enterprises sand and gravel mine

Chaney Enterprises gets planning approval from the Caroline County Planning Commission for a sand and gravel mine on the Moss Neck Plantation.

The Caroline County Planning Commission recommended approval Wednesday of a sand and gravel mine on the Moss Neck Plantation property owned by the Silver Cos. on US 17.

The mine was originally presented to the board in June, but the vote was deferred until the commissioners could have their questions answered by the applicant.

Maryland-based Chaney Enterprises plans to use 544 acres of the 1,209-acre property for mining.
Representatives said at previous meetings that no more than 30 acres would be used at one time. Of those 30 acres, 10 would be used for mining, 10 for preparation and 10 for reclamation.

At a previous meeting, there were several public comments, both in favor of and against the mine, and the Planning Commission received a letter opposing the mine from adjoining property owner Gil Shelton and a petition of people opposed to the mine.

County staff imposed a list of 34 conditions for the mining company to meet before the permit is approved.
Some of the conditions include:

  • Submitting a site plan within 12 months of the date of approval
  • Applying for the necessary permits within a year of the county’s approval
  • Maintaining a financial guaranty in an amount of $3,000 per acre
  • Ensuring the land is restored to a safe and usable condition
  • Maintaining the road and making improvements.

The site will have berms that will block the view of the mining from the surrounding roads.
A balloon test was completed on August 18 to show the location of the stationary equipment to demonstrate from different vantage points what would be visible. A balloon was raised 30 feet into the air where the equipment would go.

The planners will forward their recommendation on to the Board of Supervisors, which will review the request.


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