Planning commission denies request to sell rocks at construction site. |

Planning commission denies request to sell rocks at construction site.

by Sally J. Taylor

After three continuances in three months, the Carson City Planning Commission on Wednesday said enough is enough and denied a request by developers to again postpone consideration of an ordinance change.

The commissioners then went on to oppose changing the ordinance to allow the temporary sales of surplus rock, dirt and gravel from ongoing construction.

The ordinance amendment was requested by James Bawden, of Paragon Associates, to deal with an estimated 60,000 cubic yards of excess rock uncovered during excavations at the Northridge subdivision construction site.

Proponants argued that material would be moved faster with less truck traffic if processed and sold on site.

Opponents of the ordinance change noted that selling aggregate on site would compete with companies whose main business is the processing and sale of aggregate material.

“It’s all about sales,” Commissioner Roger Sedway said. “That dirt is going to be moved one way or another. We’re just talking about sales on site.”

After lengthy debate, the commissioners voted four to two to deny the ordinance revision.

The issue will automatically appeal to the Board of Supervisors.

In other business:

— The commissioner unanimously approved a change in the single family 6,000 zoning definition that will allow the Boys & Girls Club to build a facility on Lompa Lane.

The ordinance change allows youth recreational facilities but limits the applications to those with sites of at least three acres allowing 50-foot setback from other properties. Such organizations must be youth oriented with 501(3c) nonprofit status.

— The commissioners unanimously approved a special use permit for Carrie Hanson to move her Little Tykes Day Care to her home on Roop Street, which is next door to her current site.

Because of the possibility of having two day care centers with 30 children each next door to each other, the commissioners also attached a 6-month review requirement to reexamine traffic concerns.