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Proposed Anderson Township mine halted


Six years after Martin Marietta filed plans to build an underground limestone mine, the group opposing it, Citizens Against Blasting on Our Miami (CABOOM) found out Thursday it has been successful in its bid to stop the mine.

Hamilton County Judge Robert Ruehlman scolded the Anderson Township Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) for rubber stamping an earlier decision to allow the mine without even reading it. He said, "For these reasons, this court reverses the second decision of the Anderson Township BZA."

Martin Marietta could still appeal.

The controversial mine case dates back to 2008.

Here's the timeline:

  • 2010 the Anderson Township zoning board voted in favor of the company's request.
  • CABOOM (residents and businesses in Anderson, Terrace Park, Newtown and Indian Hill) appealed.
  • 2011 Judge Ruehlman overturned the mine's approval, saying the board's decision was void.
  • 2012 1st District Court of Appeals sent the case back to Anderson Township
  • Martin Marietta appealed
  • 2014 Judge Ruehlman ruled the second BZA decision was illegal and revered its decision.