Several councilors advocate completing comprehensive plan first
by David Tyler | May 4, 2021
The Manlius Town Board is weighing whether to delay a decision on a proposal for a new quarry on the eastern end of town until the town completes its comprehensive plan – a process that is expected to take more than a year.
Last week, several members of the board, all Democrats, advocated for waiting until the comprehensive plan was completed before addressing the zone change application from T. H. Kinsella.
The Kinsella quarry about a mile to the west has been in operation for the past 50 years and is nearing the end of its useful life. Kinsella seeks a zone change on a 250-acre site which is currently zoned either commercial or restricted agricultural. If approved, the new zone would be a natural resource removal district in which mining is permitted, and Kinsella would transition its operation to the new quarry over the next several years.
The new site would be accessed from Route 5 at the intersection of Route 290. That intersection would need to be reconfigured. The site would border Gulf Road and stretches all the way to Salt Springs Road.
“This kind of zone change is so impactful,” said Councilor John Deer. “We need to get an understanding of what the public wants.”