The Jefferson County Planning Commission voted to recommend 690 acres near Shine be set aside for Fred Hill Materials Inc. as mineral resource land.
The commission voted 5-2 Wednesday to approve the Poulsbo-based company’s application for the future mining area in the Thorndyke tree farm.
The designation is the first step in the company’s plans to build a four-mile conveyer belt and marine pier in Shine to ship gravel out by boat.
An application for that “pit to pier” project hasn’t been submitted yet.
The Planning Commission recommendation will be forwarded to county commissioners for a final decision on the application, likely in December.
The proposal has undergone several changes in recent weeks reducing its size, which Planning Commission Chairman Tom McNerney said made the proposal “simpler.”
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