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(A) Purpose. Regulations governing mineral extraction activities other than coal within an urban area, as defined in I.C. 36-7-4-1103, are for the purposes of permitting the economic recovery of the maximum amount of mineral resources while protecting public health, safety and welfare from dangers and nuisances which might be created by these activities. These sections do not apply to coal extraction.
(B) Submission requirements. The following information shall be submitted to the Commission with the application for a development plan for mineral extraction operations, including borrow pits, topsoil removal and storage areas:
(1) A map of existing conditions showing the lands proposed to be included in the territory planned for extraction of sand, gravel or other materials and the operational facility, if any, for the excavating, processing and distribution of the minerals (hereinafter called "plant area") and the lands within 1,000 feet in all directions. This map shall show the boundaries of the entire site and of the extraction area and existing conditions, including the following:
(a) Existing contours, with a contour interval appropriate to the site, which accurately reflects the topographic condition, usually two feet;
(b) Water bodies and drainage courses;
(c) Depth of water table;
(d) Estimate of depth and extent of deposit;
(e) Current use of adjoining lands (residential, commercial, industrial, institutional, recreation, agricultural and the like);
(f) Current zoning classification of subject and adjoining lands and setback requirements;
(g) All publicly owned lands;
(h) Public rights-of-way and the classifications of the roads (arterial, collector, local); and
(i) Easements and railroad lines.
(2) A plan of operational areas showing the following:
(a) Area proposed for excavation;
(b) Area proposed for settling ponds and wash water outlets;
(c) Area proposed for processing facilities and storage;
(d) Area proposed for production facilities (if any) for resource-related industry; and
(e) Area proposed for plant entrance, office dispatcher headquarters, off-street parking and equipment storage.
(3) A plan of excavation showing the following:
(a) Boundaries of each area proposed for excavation (hereinafter called "excavation unit"), together with the proposed excavation schedule and the estimated dates for the rehabilitation of each excavation unit;
(b) Methods to be used to minimize erosion on the entire tract;
(c) Methods of screening the area of operations from view; and
(d) The access or haul road system.
(4) A plan for the rehabilitation and re-use of the entire plant area following extraction showing the following:
(a) Proposed plan for landscape rehabilitation including grading, drainage, planting and similar appropriate installations;
(b) Proposed water area (if any) resulting from excavation; and
(c) Proposed plan of functional re-use of the total plant area showing future locations of residential, commercial, industrial, public, semi-public and other land uses, if any, and the principal elements of a future traffic circulation system to serve the area. Sufficient information shall be provided to enable the Commission to determine the general characteristics of proposed development such as population density ranges, types of commercial or industrial usage, and kinds of public areas.
(5) A written statement of operations describing the following:
(a) Safety and security measures to be used in the plant area;
(b) Hours of operation;
(c) Anticipated noise levels from the operation, the time periods and duration of the various noise levels, and any measures proposed to control noise levels; and
(d) Any proposed methods of controlling dust or other impacts from the operation.
(6) A bond or other financial guarantee satisfactory to the Commission in the amount of $500 per acre of area proposed to be excavated, which shall run to the County Commissioners to ensure the satisfactory completion of the landscape rehabilitation.
(Ord. 2006-13, passed 4-3-2006; Ord. 2012-9, passed 7-2-2012)