DEQ Public Hearing: July 7, 2020
DEQ held a public hearing on June 23, 2020 for the Wake Stone Mining Permit modification on the RDU-managed land adjacent to the existing quarry, north of I-40. The public hearing went late into the evening and DEQ was unable to hear all registered speakers. Another hearing will be held Tuesday, July 7, 2020 for the remainder of the registered speakers. The opportunity to provide written comment has also been extended to Friday, July 17, 2020. View more information about the hearing and public comment period at the DEQ's website.
The Town has been following this project and has met with citizens who have expressed concerns. Most recently, Umstead Coalition representatives raised concerns about the project’s potential impact to Town facilities, including the North Cary Water Reclamation Facility. The Town also has an interest in the portion of Old Reedy Creek Road, including the bridge, that is located south of I-40. Based on this, staff have engaged one of our on-call consulting firms to help us monitor the permitting of the new RDU mine. The consultant will help us monitor developments in the complex and unfamiliar permitting process to ensure regulators have the information they need to avoid unintended impacts to Town facilities. We want to remain open to the expressed concerns of citizens and neither validate or set-aside their concerns without independently validating them with our consultants.
Tuesday, July 7, 2020, 9:00 a.m.
Cisco WebEx Link: https://ncdenrits.webex.com/ncdenrits/onstage/g.php?MTID=e4a6e16eae923801b8719666028816856
Meeting Number (Access Code): 617 499 551
Meeting Password: DEQ123
Dial: (415) 655-0003
December 20, 2019
The Town of Cary has received many inquiries regarding recent activity with the Wake Stone Quarry and Odd Fellows parcels. The following information aims to address the frequently asked questions:
- Staff evaluated Town maps back to 1988 and confirmed that the existing quarry is not currently and was not previously within the boundaries of the Town of Cary. It is also not located within the Town’s extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ).
- This same evaluation confirmed that the Odd Fellows parcel is not currently and was not previously within the boundaries of the Town of Cary. It is also not within the Town’s ETJ.
- Staff held conversations with RDU staff and Umstead Park staff who confirmed that the greenway will not be closed due to the perimeter fencing. If any impact is anticipated, that segment of the greenway would be relocated such that trail continuity is maintained. Additional information including a video directly addressing the greenway can be found on RDU’s website and blog.
- Staff also noted that the existing quarry is shown on some maps as being within Cary’s “Land Plan Boundary.” The Land Plan Boundary designation is non-regulatory; it is an area outside of the corporate limits and ETJ into which the Town’s ETJ or corporate limits could one day expand, which historically occurs at the request of the property owner.
- Apex, Cary, Morrisville and Wake County were required to do a full alternatives analysis as part of the application for additional allocation from Jordan Lake in 2014. The study included a Crabtree Creek & Triangle Quarry alternative as one of five potential water supply strategies. After a thorough evaluation that reviewed environmental impacts, complexity, cost and several other factors, the Crabtree Creek and Quarry option was not a practical alternative and therefore it was not considered further.