In a unanimous vote, Johnston County Commissioners have approved the expansion of a rock quarry owned by Hanson Aggregates Southeast, LLC.
Hanson received approval to rezone more than a dozen adjacent parcels of land near Princeton totaling 625.6 acres from Agricultural-Residential to Industrial-Special Use District. The Johnston County Planning Board had previously recommended approval.
Commissioners placed several conditions on the rezoning and special use permits including a 50 foot setback from adjacent property lines unless written consent is provided by the adjacent property owner; provide a detailed site plan for review and approval by the Planning & Zoning Department; obtain the necessary state permits and adhere to all state regulations; abide by 68 dBA sound levels between 7am and 7pm and 58 dBA sound levels between 7pm and 7am. Spoil piles and other accumulations of byproducts will be limited to no more than 80 feet.
Hanson was given approval to operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Company officials said the NC DOT is doing more construction projects overnight and being able to operate when needed was important.
Princeton Mayor Don Raines appeared before Commissioners urging them to support the project saying Hanson was a good business and a supporter of the Town of Princeton.
No one spoke in opposition of the request during the Nov. 4th public hearing.