East Rockhill quarry appeals township’s decision to reject its request for a zoning permit

Kerry Clines

February 19, 2018

Richard E. Pierson Materials Corp. filed an appeal after the East Rockhill Township in Pennsylvania rejected its request for a zoning permit to reopen a quarry in the area that had been inactive for almost 40 years, the Montgomery News-Herald reports. The quarry would provide material for a contract with the New Jersey Turnpike. 


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“That permit application has been denied for reasons based on the township zoning ordinance including, but not limited to, the failure to secure a special exception approval from the zoning hearing board,” East Rockhill Township Board of Supervisors Chairman Gary Volovnik told the news agency. “Given the potential for appeal and/or other possible litigation, that limits the amount of additional information we can release.”

According to the news agency, even though the quarry hasn’t been active since the early 1980s, it has maintained state and local permits. The state regulates quarrying, but the township has authority in zoning, setting speed limits on township roads, and restricting hours of operation. A hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, 2018.

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