Public Hearing On Smithfield-Area Sand Pit Postponed

Johnston County Planning Director Berry Gray (standing right) announces during the Johnston County Commissioners Monday night meeting a public hearing on a proposed sand pit off Brogden Road east of Smithfield has been postponed. Photo

At the request of the applicant, a public hearing scheduled Monday night on a proposed sand pit on a 36 acre tract of land off Brogden Road has been postponed.

Jimmy and Sylvia Whitley own the property on Grabtown Road off Brogden Road and adjacent to the Charlestowne subdivision.

During a May 16th Johnston County Planning Board meeting, Jimmy Ray Whitley appeared on behalf of his father. Mr. Whitley said they are in the commercial concrete business and wanted to operate a sand mining operation on the property. They may sell to other contractors but would not sell directly to the public.

Whitley said the life expectancy of the sand pit would be about 10 years.

Terry Parker of Four Oaks spoke at the May meeting saying he owns the adjoining property and he developed Charlestowne. He said he was concerned about the buffer between the properties to protect future housing.  He also expressed concern about the path to the proposed pit being near his property line.

Michael Worley of Smithfield said he was a contractor building houses in Charlestowne. He said he was concerned about the number of trucks entering the pit.  Whitley said they have 3 trucks that already go in and out of the property daily.  Whitley also said a shop was located on the site.

The Planning Board voted 5-to-3 to rezone the property but voted 3-to-5 to reject a request for a Special Use Permit required for the sand pit to operate.

Monday night, Johnston County Planning Director Berry Gray told Johnston County Commissioners the public hearing had been tabled at the request of the applicant. Gray said he was uncertain when the hearing would be rescheduled.  No specific reason for the delay was announced.