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Draper City has received an application from Geneva Rock to rezone a portion of its property to expand mining operations and to create a conservation easement on Steep Mountain.
Draper City has the legal obligation to review any zone change application it receives and process the application in a manner consistent with Utah and Draper City codes. The City will consider Geneva’s application through an open and transparent process that ensures the input of its residents is considered and balanced with the rights of the private property owner.
The Draper City Development Review Committee (DRC) is reviewing the application and will meet with the applicant periodically over the next several weeks. The DRC is comprised of subject-matter experts from the city’s various departments. The DRC will review the application for consistency with the General Plan and for compliance with engineering standards, city codes, and ordinances.
We will continue to send out regular updates on Geneva Rock’s application as we receive additional information.
There will be multiple opportunities for public feedback. Draper City has created a webpage on the city website for official information regarding Geneva Rock’s request. Residents can leave a comment via an online public comment form.
The health and well-being of residents is a top priority. While the city has zoning authority, the State’s Division of Oil, Gas, and Mining and the Department of Air Quality are responsible for ensuring Geneva Rock complies with existing regulations.
The Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining follows the Utah Office of Administrative Rules Title R647. Natural Resources; Oil, Gas and Mining Non-Coal.https://rules.utah.gov/publicat/code/r647/r647.htm
R647-1 outlines what the Minerals Program does; R674-4 provides all the information for large mining operations including operation and reclamation plans. This information is available on the website and is a good reference for residents.
The Division of Air Quality regulates aggregate operations such as Geneva Rock's sand and gravel pit through a permitting and compliance inspection process. The permits issued to these sites include regulations that require the companies to control dust from roads, crushers, screens, conveyors, storage piles, etc. There are also limits on production, hours of operation, fuel consumption and pollution control equipment.
Inspectors from the DAQ conduct unannounced inspections at these sites and evaluate all of the permit conditions as well as any other state and federal air quality regulations that apply. DAQ inspectors also conduct unannounced investigations at aggregate plants if the division receives complaints from the public or if we observe visible emissions while traveling and working in the vicinity.