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Zoning changes could have big impact on clay mine operation in Waterloo

A new zoning amendment could have a big impact on a local clay mine project, which drew heavy criticism over the last several years.

It even prompted significant legal action.

The Town Board has proposed a new zoning map for the town, including Burgess Road. It eliminates so-called “split zoning,” where a parcel or parcels have two different zoning designations, each of which allow different uses, the Finger Lakes Times reports.

Seneca Meadows had hoped to use a 122-acre clay mine to service the landfill across the road.

The proposed changes put the south end of Burgess Road, near North Road into an R2 distinction. If adopted, the town would determine what uses would be allowed in those zones, but the Town could allow the access roads in these zones.

The board scheduled the State Environmental Quality Review process for its January 27th. Meanwhile, a public hearing is scheduled for February 21st at 7 p.m.


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