Quarry regs set for special vote

MOUNT DESERT — If citizens at the July 25 special town meeting here don’t like the first ordinance related to granite quarrying that they are asked to vote on, they can vote on an alternative.

The Warrant Article 3 asks whether voters want to prohibit mineral exploration and extraction, including quarrying, in all zoning districts. Any existing mineral extraction activities would continue to be allowed as grandfathered uses.

If that warrant article doesn’t pass during the open session meeting, then voters will be asked in article 4 if they want to approve an ordinance amendment making quarrying an allowed use but prohibiting all other types of mineral extraction.

Regardless of the outcome of voting on either of the first two warrant articles, citizens will be asked in article 5 if they want to adopt an ordinance requiring quarry operators to obtain a license from the town and establishing certain standards for quarrying. Both the board of selectmen and planning board have recommended passage of the Quarrying Licensing Ordinance.

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