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Residents of Noblesville wish to conceal a proposed mining project



Noblesville, Indiana – Beaver Materials is requesting a zoning variance from the city of Noblesville in order to commence a sand and gravel mining project.

If approved, the company would have ten years to mine the land north of 160th Street along Cherry Tree Road before returning it to its natural state.

Residents, however, claim the site is too near to their homes.

“The biggest concern that I have of course is the noise, our health our lungs,” Pamela Sasse said.

The proposed gravel mining site is surrounded by agriculture and residential areas, including Sasse’s neighborhood of Cherry Tree Meadows.

In July, Beaver Materials filed for a zoning variance. On September 5, at 6:30 p.m., the Noblesville Board of Zoning Appeals will hold a hearing on the proposed amendment.

Sasse argues that neighbors do not have sufficient time to evaluate the proposal. “This is a major undertaking that they are proposing and it’s just unconscionable that they wouldn’t have to go through the full zoning process.”

Beaver says there will be no detonation at the site, and it will monitor the decibel level to ensure compliance with the Hamilton County noise ordinance. Additionally, the site will be irrigated to reduce dust contamination.

“It’s important to note there will be no crushing, no processing of materials on this land, all materials will be transferred across Cherry Tree Road without any use of any other nearby roads back to our River Road facility for processing,” Beaver Materials Spokesperson Ali Alvey said.

Please email Alvey at [email protected] if you have any queries about the project.

Opponents of the project will hold a town hall meeting on August 23 at 6:30 p.m. at Grace Church, 5504 East 146th Street.