Georgia quarry requests variance in decibel level allowance

EQW Staff

September 4, 2013

Bluegrass Materials wants to increase the noise allowance at its Cumming Quarry in Forsyth County, Georgia. (Photo: Wikimedia)
Bluegrass Materials wants to increase the noise allowance at its Cumming Quarry in Forsyth County, Georgia. (Photo: Wikimedia)

A quarry owner in Forsyth County, Georgia, has requested a variance that would allow the site to operate at 15 decibels about the county code’s maximum 60 decibels, according to NorthFulton.com.

Bluegrass Materials Co. wants to operate at 75 decibels at its Cumming Quarry. The company explained its reasoning at an August 26 meeting with nearby residents, where the company also addressed neighbor concerns.

Bluegrass Materials Attorney John Kendall said a new residential development prompted the request by changing the quarry’s maximum noise level.

“That property was agricultural and the county does not have a noise decibel rating for agricultural,” Kendall said. “Now the property is zoned residential, making it a 60 decibel level requirement.”

Kendall added that if the variance is denied, the company will continue to operate, but in violation of the county code.

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