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18.50.160 Quarries and Mines
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Purpose. This section regulates the externalities of quarries.

A. Applicability

This section applies to mines or quarries.

B. Generally

Mines and quarries shall follow all Federal, State, and local requirements, including those found in Title 16 as well as requirements found in any special use permit governing a specific site. In the event that multiple requirements exist, including those for blasting and vibration, the stricter standard shall be controlling over the land use activity on the site.

C. Roads

1. Proposed quarry operations shall provide or have direct access to a public road.

2. Public and private roads shall be hard-surfaced and built to carry the heavy loads that are generated from quarry operations.

D. Setbacks for Above-Ground Operations

1. All above-ground operations shall be located at least:

a. One hundred (100) feet from any property line except as provided below.

b. One thousand (1,000) feet from an existing residence or the nearest property line of residentially zoned property, whichever achieves the greatest overall setback.

2. The Planning Commission or Governing Body may reduce the property line setback where it abuts a highway or railroad right-of-way by up to fifty (50) percent.

3. The Planning Commission or Governing Body may reduce the residential setback by up to ninety (90) percent if the applicant shows that compliance with the City ordinances related to noise, dust, visibility and operations will adequately protect the residents from the above-ground operations, or upon approval of the residence owner.

4. The above setbacks may be increased upon the City’s determination that wider setbacks are warranted to mitigate adverse impacts.

5. A setback for above-ground operation is not required when the operation is located contiguous to another existing mine or quarry operation.

E. Setbacks for Below-Ground Operations

All below-ground operations shall be located at least two hundred (200) feet from the nearest property line, measured laterally. (Ord. 19-26 § 3, 2019; Ord. 16-51 § 3, 2016)