- 8/07/19

Thank you for caring enough about our community to look up our website! Our objective is to keep everyone updated on the current status of the proposed rock quarry on Cedar Mountain.

A lot has changed over the last few months. Here are a few key facts that will help bring you up to date:

At the last update, the developer, Mr. Bart Boyd, had sued the City to overturn their denial of his application for a Special Land Use Permit (SLUP) to allow a rock quarry to be developed and operated on 151 acres that he believed was all inside the city limits of Douglasville, and already zoned IH (heavy industrial). In the middle of this process, a question came up as to the exact property lines because it was discovered that approximately half of this property had never been properly annexed into the city.

The developer again sued the City over this issue, claiming that because the zoning map was not correct in showing the proper boundary lines between county and city property, the whole 151 acres should be considered as inside the City limits. The courts have now determined that only 78.65 acres of the 151 in question were properly annexed into the city, the remaining 72.35 acres is in Douglas County and is currently zoned low density residential. This zoning would not, of course, allow a rock quarry.

Mr.Boyd has now filed a new application with the city, asking again for a SLUP, to allow him to develop a rock quarry on the remaining 78.65 acres. This will essentially be a new process, starting out as they did in 2016 except they only have 78.65 acres in the request this time. One of the major issues we see with this request is that this 78.65 acre tract is land-locked; there is no road access what so ever!! Could you imagine a developer asking to develop a subdivision with no road access?!

The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) has determined that this new application requires a Development of Regional Impact (DRI) review based on the rules of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, section 110-12-3: Developments of Regional Impact. This process may take 30 to 60 days and all discussions of this development in the City Planning and City Council meetings are postponed until the DRI is complete. We will update this site as soon as we know the new dates.

We represent a group of citizens who would like to see our City and our County developed in a manner that promotes business growth but also protects our environment and our neighborhoods from extremely harsh industries that cause unnecessary harm to our health and well-being. Please contact us at; ships@bellsouth.net if you have any questions or would like to attend one of our community meetings. Please show up if possible for the Zoning and City Council meetings, to hear the details of the development and let your representatives know how you feel about this new rock quarry.

We will be asking our City representatives to protect us from this extremely harsh, unwanted and incompatible use of this 78 acre tract of land that is in the center of single family homes, a church camp, a cattle farm and light industrial businesses, some of which are already being damaged by the existing rock quarry on the south side of Hwy 78.

Zoning regulations were designed to protect the single family homeowner from several extremely intense heavy industrial uses that can create multiple negative effects on the welfare of the citizens and the community.  As a community, we should stand up and support the laws that protect us from these heavy industrial uses when, if located near our homes and businesses, cause a continuing nuisance which can devalue our property, cause many potential health problems and ongoing safety and excessive traffic issues. Every citizen in this country has the right to the peaceable enjoyment of their property without having to endure the unreasonable, unwarranted and compounded negative effects of a heavy industrial use in close proximity that puts making a profit ahead of the health, safety and quality of life concerns that any residential neighborhood would have. Please help us as we fight for these rights!

Please feel free to come back and check out our website again as we will continue to update you on this process as we have more information available.