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Kent Hollow Mining Application Withdrawn….for now

by Antonia Shoumatoff
Thu Nov 24th, 2016

Kent Hollow Inc. has withdrawn their application for a sand and gravel mine, temporarily.  They will be resubmitting their application in February.  A previous application in 2012 was withdrawn in 2012 due to an uproar from neighbors and subsequent legal action from the town.  The proposed mine is not an allowed use since it is zoned residential and agricultural.  It is not in the Soil Mining Overlay District, which is required by the Town of Amenia for mining ventures.

The question now becomes whether the town will legally defend this upcoming proposed violation of its zoning. 

We spoke to Ian Holback, of Harlem Valley Materials, who told us that when he had applied to do mining at Ridgecrest, a piece of property that he purchased from Alan Shope, he was told he could not get a permit from the NYS DEC unless it was zoned in the Soil Mining district.  He subsequently applied for, and received, re-zoning Soil Mining designation for his property at Ridgecrest. He thought it was odd that the DEC approved an application that is not in the Soil Mining Overlay district, since they had been so strict with him.

Andy Durbridge from South Amenia informed us of a letter from the Permits Administrator of the NYS DEC:

“I received the attached letter late yesterday afternoon. I believe it will render our discussions regarding extension of the public comment period moot as the applicant has withdrawn their application (by letter dated November 21, 2016) from DEC review.

I believe it will render our discussions regarding extension of the public comment period moot as the applicant has withdrawn their application (by letter dated November 21, 2016) from DEC review.

Any comments I have received will be added to the file.

Note that the applicant indicates that he will re-apply for MLR permit in the future (it will be treated as a new application). If the applicant does re-apply in the future, any comments received by DEC on the current application [now withdrawn] will require a response at that time.

I hope the attached letter reduces the level of stress folks in the Town are feeling. Have a good Thanksgiving.

Scott Ballard
Deputy Regional Permit Administrator, Region 3”
 

November 21, 2106

NYDEC Region 3, Re: DEC Application # 3-1360-12/4

Dear Mr. Whitehead,

As an officer of Kent Hollow Inc., I hereby withdraw the company’s application for a Mined Land Reclamation Permit for its Amenia property. The company will re-apply for a Mined Land Use Permit in February 2017.

Chris Steiner, Kent Hollow Inc.

And a letter from the Oblong Valley Association, which is comprised of many residents who live in along South Amenia Road:

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

The OVA wishes to thank you for the support in combatting this mining application. We are pleased to report to you today that the applicant, Kent Hollow, is temporarily halting their application for a permit.

While we might all enjoy a better Thanksgiving dinner now!…..this is probably NOT going away. The Applicant clearly states they will be back with a new permit application in front of DEC in February.

While we wish you all the best possible upcoming Holiday Season, please put this case in pending, and let us all be aware that come New Year we will probably have to continue to defend our local laws and zoning in order for our local environment to be protected.

Thank you and please stay in contact,

OVA Board of Directors.

www.oblongvalleyassociation.org