Quarry rules going to vote

MOUNT DESERT — Stone quarrying would be permitted in all of the town’s zoning districts, but with a number of conditions, under an ordinance being proposed by planning consultant Noel Musson and a citizens advisory committee. Mining of minerals, gravel pits and stone processing would be banned.

The board of selectmen decided Monday night to have residents vote on the ordinance at a special town meeting this summer, either in late June or sometime in July. It is too late to place the question on the warrant for the regular town meeting in May.

Under the draft ordinance, the planning board would have the authority to issue licenses to quarry operators.

In November, the town’s voters approved a six-month moratorium on mineral extraction, including quarrying, retroactive to Aug. 6. The board of selectmen voted in January to extend the moratorium for another six months to allow time for development of an ordinance to govern quarrying and related activities.

The proposed ordinance on quarrying would be separate from the LUZO. An amendment to the LUZO that Mr. Musson and the advisory committee are recommending would prohibit mineral exploration and extraction anywhere in town. Other “extractive industries,” such as gravel pits and stone processing, also would be banned.

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Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]