PLEASANT GARDEN, N.C. – Guilford County commissioners have voted against a granite quarry coming to Pleasant Garden.
Commissioners voted Thursday night, 8-0, all against the rock quarry, because it was not consistent with conditional use zoning, incompatible with the surrounding area and usages, and not in the public's interest.
"People were concerned about a lot of different issues like water, traffic and those types of things," said Commissioner Alan Perdue, "And I'm certainly grateful that a majority of the commissioners - in fact, all of them - supported denying this request."
For months, many people living in the town of Pleasant Garden have been fighting against the proposal, even creating the "No Quarry Here" to band together in opposition.Tonight, they were relieved to know this is how it ends.
"It's amazing, it's been a really long few months and we've worked really really hard on this," said Robyn Holder, "And just to know that these people listened is amazing. we didn't even expect to win unanimously."
The company hoping to build the granite quarry, Lehigh Hanson, told neighbors it would not be a disruption to their everyday lives, claiming other neighborhoods and towns with rock quarries in them saw the mines as a positive. But after three hours of discussion and questions - the overwhelming answer was no.
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"Of course we're disappointed," said Lehigh Hanson's lawyer Tom Terrell, "But this is how the process works. We put on our best case, we hired excellent experts, we went to the board and I think the board listened. They decided in a way I wish they had not, but again this the way the process works."
As for that 300-plus acre property, it is still Lehigh Hanson's. They cannot build a quarry there, but Terrell says the company does not know if or what they will build.