The Douglas County Planning Commission will hold a teleconference meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at which they will discuss and likely approve findings of fact for a proposed rock quarry in Glide.

Members of the Planning Commission will call in to the meeting via telephone.

No hearings are being held during the meeting, and there won't be pubic participation. But the county is required to make the proceedings open to the public.

To listen in on the meeting, dial 541-464-6399 (local) or 1-541-464-6399 (long distance) and when prompted enter participant code: 766-822-8588

Planning Director Joshua Shaklee said in an email that the agenda for Thursday's meeting is limited to adopting findings of fact on two decisions the Planning Commission made at its February meeting. One of these decisions concerned the conditional use application by Bjorn Vian to reopen a quarry east of Glide that had been closed for 70 years.

Vian's plans involved mining for high quality basalt that can be used to create asphalt for county roads. However, neighbors raised objections to the plan, including fears it would damage water quality and create traffic hazards, dust and noise. The Planning Commission had rejected Vian’s request for a permit to reopen the quarry, but the Douglas County Board of Commissioners overturned that decision in January 2019 and approved the permit.

Following an appeal, the state Land Use Board of Appeals remanded the issue back to the county. In February 2020, the Planning Commission voted to approve the permit for the rock quarry, but set 14 conditions including having the haul road paved to reduce dust and prohibit engine braking on the haul road to reduce noise.

"We are required to make these proceedings open to the public, and will accommodate any member of the public who wishes to listen in on the proceedings," Shaklee said.

"We have chosen to move forward with this agenda in order to meet statutory deadlines and keep from unnecessarily holding up either process. We removed a public hearing from the agenda due to the logistical difficulties in accommodating public participation,” he said.

For more information email planning@co.douglas.or.us. The agenda is available on the county's website at co.douglas.or.us.

Reporter Carisa Cegavske can be reached at ccegavske@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4213.

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Carisa Cegavske is the senior reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at ccegavske@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4213. Follow her on Twitter @carisa_cegavske

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