Washington County Residents Prepare to Shut Down Red Dirt Mine Proposal

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The proposal for a red dirt mine in a Washington County neighborhood will go in front of the planning board commission February 14, and residents say they won’t let it pass.

“What you see behind me is the beginning of the MSSW Limited Liability Corporation’s proposed red earth quarry,” said Marty Matlock, concerned Washington County resident.

In order to create the red dirt mine off of Greenburrow Road in Fayetteville, Heritage Farms must receive a zoning permit from the city.

Residents say they won’t let that happen.

“It creates an absolutely impractical situation for us,” said Matlock.

Matlock and his wife use an access road off of Greenburrow to get to their property. Now an almost 40-foot mound of dirt stands in their way.

“We’re not anti-growth, we’re not anti-development, we’re not anti-corporation but it’s frustrating when we try to be good neighbors and we find out about these things without opportunity,” said Matlock.

Hundreds of other neighbors have sent opposition letters to developers. In response, Heritage Farms said, “we are not trying to destroy anyone’s way of life or be a bad neighbor. We simply understand there is a need for roads to continue to be built.”

“What we have now is we have a complete package that we’re ready to present to the planning board. With the high impact nature of this permit we won’t be providing a recommendation of approval or denial to the planning board,” said Nathan Crouch, Washington County Planning Director.

Crouch said this is just the beginning of the process.

“A big part of the hearing tomorrow night is to discuss compatibility with the neighbors existing uses,” said Crouch.

Neighbors say that compatibility doesn’t exist. With road conditions prone to flooding, adding trucks and mounds of dirt to the area means increased dangers for drivers.

“There’s just a difficult issue of how are we going to have this sort of a process and not have accidents,” said Matlock.

The Washington County Planning Commission meeting will take place February 14 at 5 p.m. in the Washington County Courthouse. All residents are welcome to attend.
 

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