Pennsy Supply Inc. is slated to return to the Silver Spring Zoning Hearing Board tonight to press its case for “quarrying activities” to be allowed along Millfording Road.
The company is appealing the board’s denial of its request for a variance to allow quarrying on lot 123 of the Millfording Heights Subdivision Plan. That parcel is in the R-1 zoning district and quarrying is not a permitted use.
Pennsy Supply has sought several zoning changes over the years, at times leading to acrimony between the company and residents and township officials. Supervisor Vince DeFilippo declined comment on the current issue but said the township has a good relationship with Pennsy.
In 1993, a court settlement resolved a 1979 lawsuit filed by the township and a group of residents over emissions of noise, dust, odor, vibration and fly rock from blasting at the quarry.
In that settlement, which was reached in 1990 but not approved by a Cumberland County judge until 1993, Pennsy agreed to several restrictions to limit the impact on Sample Bridge Road.
The company also agreed to rock blast, a controlled use of explosives to remove rock, use large quarrying equipment during set hours and keep trucks off Sample Bridge and Millfording roads, restricting access to the Carlisle Pike.
Tonight’s 6 p.m. public hearing is a continuation of the board’s Jan. 13 public hearing. It will be at the township municipal building at 8 Flowers Drive.