DEADWOOD — Residents in the path of a proposed rock and gravel quarry want nothing to do with a requested conditional use permit that would green-light the project off Crook City Road.
A proposal for a small-scale rock and gravel quarry in Centennial Valley, near the existing Hills Material quarry, has drawn large-scale opposition, with attendees pleading with the Lawrence County Commission to protect them, their real estate investments and the lay and look of the land at a public hearing held Tuesday at Deadwood City Hall, moved to accommodate the 100-plus, standing-room-only crowd spilling out its doors.
Eric Hoffman of Rapid City-based Mountain View Ranches, LLC, is seeking a county permit for a 192-acre quarry off Crook City Road. The company says only 10 acres would be operated at a time, and land would be reclaimed as the work progressed.
Hoffman addressed the commission and earlier concerns raised by the county’s planning and zoning commission. One concern was the requirement to pave the access road to the quarry to eliminate dust. Hoffman said that would only lead to dust on top of a paved surface and asked for a mag water surface on the access road to be considered.