"Whenever a new company is looking to do business in Charles City County, we now require them to hold a community meeting in advance of presenting to the County.
This is an FYI that Aggregate Industries will be hosting a virtual community meeting on Tuesday, November 9th at 7:00PM to get community feedback on their proposed mining project in Charles City County. All interested community members are encouraged to attend the Zoom meeting being hosted by Aggregate Industries here."
UPDATE: SUP 02-2021 was passed by the Planning Commission December 12, 2021
On December 9th, the Planning Commission voted 4 to 3 to send SUP-02-2021 to the Board of Supervisors for approval. Those that voted in favor of the SUP were Ed Baber, Bill Bailey, Andrew Adams, and James Walton. The Chairperson of the Commission, Ed Baber, stated that the proposed mining activity was in compliance with the Charles City County Comprehensive Land Use Plan, as the plan allows for mining where sand and gravel are present. As no other member of the panel provided any other justification, it can only be inferred that the three other members that voted in support of the SUP are in agreement with this statement and reasoning.
That being said: THE VOTE IN FAVOR OF SUP-02-2021 IS IN CONFLICT WITH AND NOT IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE CHARLES CITY COUNTY COMPREHENSIVE PLAN
The reasoning used to approve this SUP is wrong.
The recommendation to deny SUP-02-2021 made by County Staff is in compliance and consistent with what is stated in the Plan.
See Comprehensive Plan http://co.charles-city.va.us/335/Comprehensive-Plan Chapter 9, page 9-5 Resource rich mining areas specifically identified as rural, as is the case of the proposed site, should remain rural and not be developed.
Page 9-6 Mining activities need to be evaluated depending on their location, "Closely regulate resource dependent activities to assure that the location and operation is sensitive to the environment, to significant historic and archeological resources and to the serenity of surrounding land uses" And another damning statement from the Plan on Chapter 8, page 8-10, "To date, mining has not been a major contributor to the local economy."
Contact the Board of Supervisors and tell them to vote NO to SUP-02-2021! It is inconsistent with the Plan, the area, tourism in the County, and the environment! If it is allowed in this neighborhood--it can happen in your neighborhood! This kind of development is not in the best interest of the County or its residents.
Update provided by Charles City Neighbors Against Gravel Mining Along the Capital Trail & James River
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