EUGENE, Ore. -- Delta Sand and Gravel's plan to expand their mine is 7 years in the making.
Delta’s president Stan Pickett said that everything they produce stays within Lane County.
“We can build more roads more bike paths, more buildings and it's a lot less expensive,” Pickett said.
While the product stays close, it’s how far noise travels that has neighbors in Santa Clara like Brandon Albin worried.
"I was just talking to my neighbor and she was just bragging about how quiet it is,” Albin said.
Lane County Planning Director Matt Laird said he is also concerned with the planned expansion. However his interests lay with the land itself.
“They've applied for a conditional use permit to mine in an exclusive farm use zone,” said Laird.
Delta Sand and Gravel wants to expand their existing site using working orders for the property.
Picket said there are significant rock resources in the proposed area.
The county said Delta used outdated map that don’t reflect current land use designations. Currently the surrounding property is designated as farmland.
Picket said the 68-acre proposed expansion site contains sand and gravel they need, and will not disturb the nearest neighbors.
“We own these properties and they're our rentals,” Picket said.
Delta created a buffer zone with 90 trees between their property and neighbors who have complained about noise in the past. Picket said that they have decided to stop mining there at all.
“All our noise that we make from our crushing of the rock and all that is gonna stay exactly where it is. The traffic pattern is gonna stay that way,” said Pickett
The public hearing on the expansion will be held at the Lane County Public Service building Friday, March 8th at 9 am.