Hours of operation for Bridgetown at Ingleside ready for expansion
CENTREVILLE — In an unprecedented occurrence of a public hearing, a sand and gravel mining extraction appeared before the Queen Anne’s County Planning Commission without public comment. Bridgetown Development Co. LLC, located at 1720 Bridgetown Road in Ingleside, proposed to change the hours of operation.
Bridgetown Sand and Gravel requested to conduct mining operations from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. April 1 through Sept. 30, essentially extending their extraction hours by one hour in the morning and two in the evening. No trucking operations would be conducted during this time.
The request to extend the hours of operation for mining extraction is, according to James Gawthrop of Bridgetown Development Co., an effort to meet their demands for product without adding a second trench and potentially creating more disturbance.
The applicant (Bridgetown) supplied to the county noise studies — demonstrating compliance with noise requirements, showing they were consistently below the state recommended acceptable level of decibels. The applicant also was able to demonstrate with aerial photos that trucks are provided ample area to queue within the parcel and not relegated to waiting in line along the road way.
Holly Tompkins, development review principal planner for Planning and Zoning, praised Bridgetown for preparing in advance such adequate documentation to her department and maintaining compliance. The company set forth a good example for other similar operations in the county, she said.
The Planning Commission issued a favorable recommendation to the Board of Appeals based in part on finding that the operation meets the state noise compliance.
Unrelated to this request, Chris Drummond, attorney advising to the Planning Commission, noted his concern that the Department of Public Works does receive donations of sand from mining operations in the county. Drummond said his concern is that it be construed as quid pro quo.