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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.