May 21, 2013
Some residents living near a granite quarry in the village of Hall Quarry in Mount Desert, Maine, are appealing a decision by the town’s code enforcement officer to not order an end to quarrying at the site, Fenceviewer reported.
Harold MacQuinn, Inc., owns the six-acre quarry site and leases it to Freshwater Stone & Brick, Inc.
Nearby residents Peter and Judy Aylen and Gerald and Laurie Shencavitz said quarrying did not take place for more than 20 years until 2011, and the company only extracted small amounts of stone on occasion.
The two couples argue the company’s sporadic quarrying does not constitute continuous use and violates the section of the town’s land use zoning ordinance that states property “on which a non-conforming use is discontinued for a period exceeding one year…may not again be devoted to a non-conforming use…”
The town’s zoning board of appeals is scheduled to hear the appeal on May 30.