Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Proposed Quarry to Impact Skyline Road

White Cloud Properties proposes to develop a rock quarry on the southern edge of the South Salem Hills. From a traffic analysis:
White Cloud Properties proposes to develop a 260 acre quarry on 700 plus acres west of the intersection of Skyline Road at Setting Sun Road in southwest Marion County, Oregon. The remaining 440 acres will serve as a buffer for the mining area. The quarry will transport rock products from the site by rail which currently runs along the southwest boundary of the site and by truck using an improved access at Setting Sun Road at Skyline Road.
Neighbors have organized opposition to it and have a website here. There will be a hearing on Wednesday, May 27th, at 4:30pm, in the Senator Hearing Room at the 555 Court St. NE., the Courthouse Square building.

The Marion County Planning staff report suggests the county is tending towards approving the quarry: "With additional information, compliance with Public Works traffic requirements, and other conditions of approval, staff can support the request."

The quarry could impact bicycling on Skyline Road and on River Road with increased large truck traffic. There are also significant questions about environmental impact on both the hillside and on Ankeny Bottom (the site is above the Wildlife Refuge).

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