Bulloch County commissioners tabled a zoning request Tuesday after several citizens protested a man’s plans to use his Martin Road property, near Nevils, as a sand borrow pit.
Brandon McCormick sought a conditional use request so he could dig about 28 acres of a 46-acre tract, constructing a pond while selling sand to construction and other businesses. Several people who live or own land nearby spoke against the idea, citing noise and traffic concerns.
McCormick said he planned to follow suggested conditions, including providing a 15-foot berm around the site and maintaining roads, but others complained that a current sand pit nearby already causes issues and said they do not want another one in the area.
Cassie Justin said she is concerned about property devaluation. Attorney Samuel G. Oliver, who said he represented several residents, expressed concerns over noise and dust caused by heavy equipment. Neighbor Josh Martin said he is worried about dump trucks not being able to navigate the roads during wet weather and said if a school bus met a dump truck, “there would be no room to pass.”
Jessica Martin said she works nights and that heavy equipment so close to her home would interrupt her daytime sleep. Mark Justin said he fears the sand pit could deter others from building homes in the area, and Randy Thornton, who said he owns adjacent property, said he is concerned that the Environmental Protection Division will not monitor the site adequately.
Commissioner Robert Rushing said he owns property adjacent to a sand borrow pit in a neighboring county and has seen no issues of concern there. Commissioner Roy Thompson pointed out that McCormick has another option to secure permission to use his land as he wishes by seeking a pond permit, which is not under the county’s jurisdiction.
Thompson said he wishes to find a solution to the issue that pleases everyone and suggested several conditions that could possibly ease concerns of neighbors.
After a brief discussion, commissioners moved to table the issue until the Nov. 4 Bulloch County Commission meeting.
Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.