Commission to vote on sand and gravel mining site request

By Updated: February 11, 2019 4:00 AM CT | Published: February 08, 2019 3:19 PM CT

Rosemark residents will learn Monday whether their efforts  opposing Memphis Stone & Gravel Co.’s request to build a sand and gravel mining site in the neighborhood are successful.

Trip Jones, who lives near the proposed mining site, said the operation needs to be in a more rural area and not in the middle of a community with two schools and a daycare center. 

“Who thinks having a gravel pit in your neighborhood or having 300 (dump) trucks a day driving around the area wouldn’t have an effect of the character in our neighborhood or an adverse effect on the neighborhood,” Jones said. “It’s a matter of common sense.”

The County Commission is expected to vote Monday on Memphis Stone & Gravel’s application for a special land use permit to create a 173-acre sand and gravel mine northwest of where Rosemark and Mulberry roads intersect in rural Rosemark.

On Wednesday, the commission’s land use, planning, transportation and codes committee declined to recommend the application, not wanting to give the opposition or the applicant an unfair advantage ahead of Monday’s meeting.  

The Land Use Control Board unanimously rejected the  application for the special land use permit last month, but the LUCB only makes recommendations.

Memphis Stone & Gravel’s application was previously recommended by the Office of Planning and Development. The OPD argued the mining site will provide numerous economic benefits, and the company said it will make efforts to minimize the time frame and roads the dump trucks can use to justify the project.

The application also contains a study arguing the mining site will not affect property values. Possibly decreasing property values are another concern for Rosemark residents, who also have a study arguing the mining site will drastically decrease property values.

Eight years ago, the company brought a similar application to the County Commission that was voted down. Later, it unsuccessfully sued the commission for the special land use permit. None of the current commissioners were on the body during that vote, and this is the first major zoning request since eight new commissioners took office in September.

One of the new commissioners is Amber Mills, whose district includes the proposed mining site. Mills said she has gotten more complaints from constituents on the proposed sand and gravel site than on all other issues combined.  

“I wanted to make it work, but after touring with them and with the constituents, it’s just not a good fit for that community anymore,” she said.

Jones said he expects 80 to 100 Rosemark residents to attend and voice their displeasure at Monday’s meeting.

“We’re disappointed they didn’t get the message first time after being sued and defeated in court, and here we are back again,” Jones said.

County to appoint new historian

The County Commission also is expected to appoint either Joseph Lowry or James Rout III to be the next county historian at Monday’s meeting.

Previous county historian Jimmy Ogle resigned from his post after five years. He is moving to Knoxville to spend more time with his family.

The county historian position is an unpaid role. Duties  include collecting and preserving local and state history and working with the state historian, State Library Archives and the state’s historical commission.

Follow @OmerAYusuf for live coverage of the county commission meeting starting at 3:30 p.m. Monday.


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Omer Yusuf

Omer Yusuf

Omer Yusuf is the county government reporter for The Daily Memphian. Omer was previously a reporter at The Jackson Sun and is a University of Memphis graduate.

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