Eastern Shore Materials has applied for a Special Use Permit to expand the existing borrow pit, which is located just off Route 13 near Eastville, from 10 to 18 acres. The parcel is currently zoned Ag/Rural Business.
The original pit was approved for use in 2016, with a 200 ft. vegetative buffer. This proposal wishes to have the 200 ft. buffer reduced to 100 ft. in areas that are along the highway.
In 2004, the applicant was granted a permit through the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy to operate an open pit sand mine. The mine is inspected annually, and the permit must be renewed yearly.
The site has been in use for over 20 years as part of the applicant’s landscape business. According to the application, there are no plans to process sand or use sand processing equipment.
The site is not part of the Chesapeake Bay Resource Protection Area.
The Board of Supervisors will review the application at Tuesday’s meeting.