(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) The area in Parleys Canyon where Granite Construction is proposing a limestone quarry, Wednesday, July 27, 2022. The mine would open a pit under Grandeur Peak, drawing massive push back from Salt Lake County officials and nearby property owners.

Bill would shield new quarries from county oversight

By Brian Maffly  | Feb. 22, 2023, 6:00 a.m.| Updated: 12:10 p.m.
New quarries could be shielded from virtually any county or municipal oversight, including the controversial open-pit limestone mine proposed for Parleys Canyon, under a bill unveiled Monday in the Utah House.

HB527 would expand the concept of a “vested mining use,” exempting new operations from local land-use regulations.

The bill appears to be tailored to fit the situation faced by the I-80 South Quarry, proposed by Granite Construction against strong objections raised by Salt Lake County officials and elected officials from nearby cities.


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