Jefferson: Mineral overlay splits Planning Commission, puts “pit-pier” project on hold

The Jefferson County Planning Commission has placed in limbo — at least temporarily — a Fred Hill Materials application for a mineral lands overlay on 765 acres in Shine.

The commission voted 3-5 on Commissioner David Whipple’s motion to deny the proposed mineral resource land designation for the site in heart of the Thorndyke tree farm.

The designation would be the first step in Fred Hill’s plan to build a massive four-mile conveyer belt and marine pier in Shine to ship gravel.

An application for that “pit to pier” project hasn’t been submitted yet.

Although three commissioners voice their support for the overlay, a motion to approve the application didn’t get a second and failed to proceed for a vote.

Another vote will likely happen at a Planning Commission meeting next Wednesday.

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