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Written by Lori Sickenberger   
Sunday, 16 October 2016 21:16

After a prolonged period of hearing postponements, Zoning Hearings have started up again.  Geryville Materials (GM) is wrapping up their testimony before the Township Zoning Hearing board.  Once their testimony is completed, the Township and the LMRA will have the opportunity to give testimony and present arguments against the quarry.  LMRA board members are frequently asked, “When will this quarry battle be over?”  It’s a good question, and a difficult one to answer.  Why?  This quarry battle has been a lengthy, complex legal procedure.  Since 2004, Geryville Materials filed multiple applications with the Township.  All application arguments must be heard by the appropriate township boards and legal decisions/rulings made.  The major applications/challenges and their status are as follows:

August 2004:  GM filed a Special Exception with the Zoning Hearing Board to quarry 628 acres of land.  They abandoned this application request in July 2009.  Special exception request closed.

November 2004: GM filed a Curative Amendment Substantive Challenge with the Board of Supervisors for 628 acres of land, seeking relief from the township’s “restrictive” zoning ordinances.  This challenge was denied by the Board of Supervisors in February 2012, and appealed all the way to the PA Supreme Court.  In December 2014, the PA Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal, thereby closing the case, Curative Amendment denied.

June 2009:  GM filed a preliminary Land Development Plan with the Planning Commission for an 84+ acre quarry.  The Planning Commission denied the plan in September 2011.  Geryville appealed to the higher courts. In July 2014, the courts ruled that the Planning Commission must accept the preliminary plan and included 25 conditions that must be met before the final plan can be accepted.  One of these conditions is GM must receive zoning approval for a quarry, which they still have not obtained.


September 2009:  GM filed a Special Exception application with the Zoning Hearing Board for 84+ acre quarry.  This application is still being heard before the Zoning Hearing Board.  As testimony is ongoing, no decision has been made.  However, once a decision is made by the Zoning Hearing Board, all parties will have the rights to appeal the decision before the higher courts.  The appeal process with the higher courts could take several years.

The next Zoning Hearing is on October 20, 2016 at 7 pm at the Township building.  Hearings are open to the public.


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