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Planners Deny Utility's Permitting Request

Douglas County, Nev., planning commissioners rejected plans to make a mining operation out of a proposed reservoir on public facilities land near the Pine Nut Mountains, according to Scott Neuffer, reporting for Record Courier.

The applicant, the Douglas County Sewer Improvement District, handles waste generated within portions of Douglas County in the Lake Tahoe basin. The district was seeking a modification to an existing special use permit to allow the addition of a lined reservoir to store effluent, a mining operation, and a concrete and asphalt plant.

Commissioners felt that the amount stated for repairing the roads was inadequate, the routes they chose would present safety hazards, and that it did not comply with master plan policies for those communities.

The concrete and asphalt plants are only allowed under current zoning with a temporary use permit.

The material to be extracted over 20 years consists of aggregate suitable for structural fill, aggregate base, asphalt, drain rock, and Portland concrete cement, according to the staff report.