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Story by Peter Hancock, courtesy The Lawrence Journal-World

Douglas County commissioners will be asked on Wednesday to approve a conditional use permit for a new 434-acre sand pit mining operation near Eudora.

The commission will consider that permit during the second half of its weekly meeting starting at 6:35 p.m.

The application is from William Penny, owner of Penny’s Concrete, which has a dredging operation adjacent to the site on the Kansas River, and Van LLC, co-owners of the property. The site is near the intersection of North 1500 Road and Noria Road.

Staff members from the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Department are recommending approval of the permit, subject to a long list of conditions, including requirements that the lake that would be created by the mine will be made to look as natural as possible and that it will be used as a recreational lake when the mining and reclamation is completed in about 30 years.

The proposal has generated concern among nearby property owners, as well as the city of Eudora about possible flooding issues, the loss of valuable farmland, threats to water quality in nearby wells and the impact the operation could have on local traffic.

According to a traffic impact study that was conducted, on a high production day as many as 200 trucks a day could be expected to drive in and out of the facility, or 400 “truck trips” a day on the local roads.

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3 Responses to County Commission will weigh in on proposed sand pit operation

  • I thought this permit was rejected by the commission earlier this year?

    • The short answer to your question is no.

      The longer answer is that the permit denied earlier this year (and the application was later withdrawn) was for Kaw Valley Sand to operate on the grounds of the old Eudora Country Club. The location was literally right next door to the Eudora well system.

      This permit is for an area farther to the west of that location. This application is by Penny Concrete Company. The Penny permit is basically between Lawrence and Eudora. This has been looked at by the County Commission in recent months but delayed for further information. This application has not been denied yet.

      The Eudora Planning Commission has recommended against approval in both permits, but the ultimate approval lies with the County Commission. The Eudora Planning Commission has no power in this permit as this is outside the city limits.

  • Thanks John …