County Planning Recommends Approval of Two Quarry Applications

County Planning Recommends Approval of Two Quarry Applications (Photo by Chris Foy)
County Planning Recommends Approval of Two Quarry Applications (Photo by Chris Foy)

The Sheridan County Planning and Zoning Commission on Thursday approved two separate applications for quarries within the county - but with certain conditions.

The commission's unanimous recommendation for approval for the Fox Quarry and the Ankney Decker Quarry will be passed on next to the Sheridan County Commissions at their first meeting in July.

The Fox Quarry sits on 294 acres of land zoned agricultural, and county planner Mark Reid says the quarry site will be approximately 10 acres. Reid says there were six conditions requested by the planning commission - and that there won't be any crushing.

The applicant, Patricia Fox, requested that excavation, grading and hauling of construction fill material take place for five years. But that is dependent on approval by the county commissioners.

The Ankney Decker Quarry sits on 624 ares of land zoned agricultural, and 65 of those acres would be for the quarry site itself. Tana Ankney and Neil DeLapp plan on crushing gravel, hauling it and possibly selling it in Montana.

As Reid explains, quarry activities would take place around the clock at the Ankney Decker site for the first 30 days if the application is approved by the county commissioners.

The Sheridan County Commissioners will have the final say on both applications at their July 2 meeting.

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