Geneva Rock withdraws rezoning application; critics say move is strategic

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Geneva Rock - Draper

DRAPER, Utah — After neighbors expressed concern about the company, Geneva Rock has withdrawn a rezoning application.

The gravel company operates a mine near Point of the Mountain in Draper and wants to rezone part of the property from an agricultural zone, to a manufacturing zone.

But residents started speaking out against it, and subsequently the application was withdrawn. However, some neighbors are still concerned the company may try something else.

“We see this as a strategic move by Geneva Rock, it’s an attempt for them to diffuse the mass public outcry that they are seeing, and by withdrawing from this request now, it leaves them to open to submit a new request for a lesser area or a slightly different request, immediately,” said Adrian Dybwad, who is with a group called Stop Geneva Rock.

If Geneva Rock decides to submit a new rezoning application, a public hearing would be held.

2 comments

  • Nolink No

    The land in question (189 acres) has been zoned Agricultural for as long as it has been part of Draper. It is there as a buffer between the gravel mine and homes. The Point of the Mountain is a poor place for a gravel pit and becomes worse as they move higher on the mountain and impact the air shed and the view shed. The surrounding population has grown 414% in the past 23 years. Geneva has 19 other pits in northern Utah and many are at valley level and less windy locations–UDOT and others should source their gravel from more health friendly pits than POM. The conversation should be around remediating this site–not expanding it. Silica is listed by the Utah DAQ as a carcinogen.

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