After a lengthy public hearing, the Lee’s Summit, Mo., City Council approved a special use permit to allow quarrying rock at the northwest corner of Pryor Road and Interstate-470.
The council voted 6-2 after several hours of testimony by experts representing Flip Short, a Lee’s Summit businessman, and by opponents who fear damage to their homes and quality of life, according to the Lee’s Summit Journal.
Operation of an underground rock mine at the site ceased decades ago. The land is unstable and not useable for building, Short says, and his proposal is to extract remaining rock from the ceiling of the mine, taking it down to bedrock. The operation would crush the rock and sell it. Then the land could be used for commercial or multifamily buildings.