County zoning denies Coyote Creek permit
By Chris Erickson
County planners broke from tradition last week to deny recommending a permit for Coyote Creek Mine south of Beulah.
The permit application made by the mining company would have allowed for conditional use to construct haul roads, ponds and related mining activities. Sarah Flath spoke for Coyote Creek Mine on details regarding the permit.
After a typical presentation to the county zoning commission questions asked by the audience or commissioners usually satisfy any information requests and move a permit forward to the approval stage. This was not the case during last Thursday’s regular meeting of the Mercer County Planning and Zoning Commission, which voted to deny a recommendation for the permit.
After the legal description of the site was established, Flath provided the commission and audience with a presentation on the topic, using a map to help illustrate where haul roads would be. A major concern of the audience and commission was regarding those haul roads and public rights-of-way on county roads they intersected, potentially created a hazard to public safety. To date the company has received a number of permits from the county and state.