At a hearing that lasted less than 20 minutes on Tuesday night, the Lower Milford Township supervisors struck down a request for a curative amendment to their zoning laws that would have opened the door for construction of a 628-acre quarry, concrete plant and asphalt plant proposed by Geryville Materials, Inc.
The decision, originally scheduled to be delivered on Jan. 24, 2012, was continued until Tuesday to allow for seven motions, responses and other correspondence by township officials, Geryville Materials, Inc. representatives and the Lower Milford Residents Association (LMRA) to be entered into the official record.
About 40 residents attended the meeting, many of them members of the LMRA, a non-profit organization whose stated purpose is to promote and protect the quality of life for all residents in and around Lower Milford Township.
The hearing brought to an end the seven-year battle that began with a request by Geryville Materials, Inc. for a special exemption to allow quarry use in an area zoned agricultural-residential.
After years of hearings and the accumulation of several large boxes filled with written reports, opinions and other related documents, the board voted unanimously against granting the curative amendment with supervisors William Roy making the motion to deny and Michael Snovitch seconding the action. Supervisor’s Chairperson Donna Wright joined her colleagues in voting to deny the request.
After the hearing, Wright expressed her relief that the curative amendment hearings are over and that a decision has been rendered. “After 47 meetings and hearings, we have given consideration to all arguments on the substantive challenge by Geryville Materials.”
When asked what the next step would be, Steve Harris, an attorney representing Geryville Materials, Inc., Esq. replied, “A land use appeal to the Court of Common Pleas … You never win these at the local level.”