Homeowners Assn. Brings Concerns to Jo Co Commission

Johnson County Commission
Johnson County Commission

Representatives of the Cloud Peak Ranchettes Subdivison northwest of Buffalo brought concerns relating to lands owned by the county that is near them and adjacent to the Johnson County Airport.

The property was the location of a gravel mining operation that proved to be a nuisance to landowners in the subdivision, and they wanted the commissioners to know they were concerned the county may mine gravel on the site.

Spokesman for the homeowners association Mark Booth

The county purchased the 420 acres with the plan to use some of the land for expansion of the county airport and to use the remainder for a land-swap for additional acreage for the airport expansion.

The commissioners explained to the homeowners that mining on the property was no likely, as the previous landowners had mined most material that could be done cost-effectively, and that the county would have to apply for permits through the DEQ for them to mine the property, which was a lengthy process and also unlikely.

The commissioners said they would keep the landowners informed and updated on the situation, but it would be a number of years before anything happens, as the airport expansion project has been moved back to 2017 or 2018 by the FAA.

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