SAND SPRINGS, OKLAHOMA – The Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals has sided with the City of Sand Springs in a fight over a limestone quarry.
The ruling upheld City of Sand Springs' denial of a Specific Use Permit (SUP) to establish and operate a limestone quarry next to some neighborhoods in the southern part of the city.
Sand Springs Materials LLC wanted to develop the quarry on 515 acres of vacant land located between Avery Drive and 41st Street, east of state Highway 97.
The Sand Springs Planning Commission denied the permit in 2007, but the company filed a lawsuit to overturn the ruling. In 2008, a Tulsa County District Judge ruled in favor of the city. The company then appealed the ruling.
"A lot of hard work went into this process by the City's Planning Commission to assure its integrity, and both courts have recognized and affirmed the Planning Commission's and the City Council's competent efforts to follow the law and fully hear the matter,"said Mayor Bob Walker.
According to a press release from the City of Sand Springs an SUP "is required for a variety of land uses which, by their nature, may require further impact evaluation outside the normal zoning review process."