Hundreds of Clover-area residents turned out before York County Council Monday night against Martin Marietta Materials’ proposed quarry as council considered — and quickly denied — a minor rezoning measure that was the first of several steps for the quarry to open just a mile from Clover town limits. The vote was unanimous.
Neighbors — some who live as close as 300 yards to the proposed site off U.S. 321 and S.C. 557 spoke out against the site, as did public figures like Clover Mayor Donnie Grice.
“Anybody that would be willing to put up a rock quarry anywhere should be willing to live next to it,” Grice said. “I guarantee you these guys that are going to do that are not going to be living next to a rock quarry.”
Marietta already operates one quarry off Porter Road just south of Rock Hill and three additional sites in the Charlotte metrolina region.
Marietta’s Paxton Badham says he was caught off guard by the public outcry against the site.
“This was kinda over the top,” Badham said, “But I didn’t hear anything said that I had not heard before.”
York County Council’s role in the matter was relatively minor — rezoning 42 acres of land to Agricultural Commercial that would make Martin Marietta’s plans contiguous with neighboring properties it already owns. Monday’s decision, Badham said, leaves the future of the site uncertain, at least for now.
“I think we have some options,” Badham said. “It’s just a question of whether we want to go back and pursue a different course or stay along with this one.”
York County Council was the first of what would be several legal hurdles the company would have to jump through to open the Clover site between local, state and federal regulators.