A BYH to the dry-rainy poster (“When it rains it pours”). You conflate LOCAL weather with GLOBAL warming. Please get to...

Commissioners consider two sand mine permit requests


By Ginger Livingston
The Daily Reflector

Monday, March 25, 2019

Two requests to operate two separate sand mines in different parts of Pitt County top the agenda of tonight’s Board of Commissioners meeting.

Public hearings for these requests and a rezoning item are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. in the commissioners’ second floor auditorium of the county office complex, 1717 W. Fifth Street.

One of the public hearings is for a conditional-use permit that the commissioners first issued in June 2017 but that expired one year later because the applicant, Southern Land & Timber, had not started using the property.

The company wants the special-use permit to operate a sand mine on property located on Sheppard Mill Road south of its intersection Satterthwaite Road. The subject property is nearly 300 acres, of which nearly 161 acres will be used for the sand mine, a nearly 23-acre increase over the previous sand mine, according to documents submitted to the Board of Commissioners.

The permitted acreage was increased to meet the minimum 100-foot setback required by the county planning ordinance, according the the documents.

Planning staff recommends approving the conditional-use permit with the condition that a 50-foot riparian buffer be placed on all stream features present on the site, or that the company provide documentation from North Carolina Division of Water Quality or Pitt County Planning showing that feature is exempted from the Tar-Pamlico Buffer Regulations. The company also must obtain a no-rise certification for any portion of the mine located within the non-encroachment area and obtain N.C. Department of Transportation driveway permit and comply with all state requirements for driveway access.

The second sand mine request requires the Board of Commissioners to approve a rezoning request and a conditional-use permit. Both actions requires separate public hearings.

According to meeting agenda documents, Carol Peaden Brown wants to rezone 67 acres located on the southern side of N.C. 33 West, northwest of its intersection with Martin Luther King Jr. Highway, which is located in the Belvoir Township. Brown wants to change the zoning to rural agricultural instead of rural residential. The Pitt County Planning Board and planning staff recommend the change.

Brown also is seeking a conditional-use permit to operate a sand mine on the property if the rezoning request is approved. Planning staff said if the rezoning request is denied, the conditional-use permit must be withdrawn or “otherwise denied by the Board of Commissioners.”

If approved, staff recommends the following conditions be added to the permit: obtain a floodplain development permit from Pitt County Planning Department prior to development; obtain a state transportation department driveway permit; and comply with all state requirements for driveway access. The final condition is to provide documentation to Pitt County Schools that any documented air-quality issues at Belvoir Elementary School which are related to the sand mine will be addressed by the property owner and/or mine operator.

The fourth public hearing on tonight’s agenda is for a request to rezone .141 acres of property on the northern side of N.C. 30, southeast of its intersection with N.C. 903 North from rural residential to general commercial. The area is part of a .55-acre lot in the Stokes area that is near other general commercial property. Both staff and the planning board recommend the rezoning request.

Other items on tonight’s agenda include:

■ A discussion on whether the Board of Commissioners will permit a fourth member of its board to attend this year’s National Association of Counties conference in Clark County, Nev., the home of Las Vegas.

■ Register of Deeds Lisa Nichols is seeking permission to use her office’s restricted fund balance to complete the preservation of 35 volumes of older documents in her office.