A proposed rock quarry application will need to be completely resubmitted after the Union County Planning Commission deemed it incomplete.
On Monday night, the commission listened to Curtis Shuck, of Universal Exports Limited, and locals Steve West and Laurie Hines, who submitted the application for a 250-acre rock quarry expansion near Perry.
The commission decided to waive the one-year waiting period for a new application and requested the applicants come back with listed items requested by the commission — and those requested by the community members who testified.
According to Shuck’s presentation to the commission, the total property would be located on 4,974 acres of land approximately two and a half miles west of La Grande near Perry, just off the interstate.
The rock will be taken away via train — approximately 50 to 60 cars per week, according to Shuck.
He said they see this as beneficial to the public, the environment and the developer.
West, who owns Steve’s Outdoor Adventures, of La Grande, said he wants to make the larger acreage surrounding the quarry into a conservation area for wildlife.
“That is a critical range of habitat,” West told the commission. “We will not subdivide the land or make it into windfalls. It’ll be protected forever.”
West also said the location of the quarry will not obstruct the view of the hillside.
“(The quarry) won’t be visible from La Grande ever,” he said.
Community members weren’t so sure about that.
Many of the residents from Perry testified the quarry will not benefit their town and complained about the dust from transporting materials via trains.
One resident said his wife is on oxygen and the amount of dust this project will create will impact the way she breathes.
David Moyal, a La Grande resident, said this is a “completely inappropriate” site for this project. He also said the application, which was available to the public before the meeting, was incomplete and needed an environmental impact statement, among other data, to show the project’s impact on the community.
See more in Wednesday's edition of The Observer.