Gravel Company Must Refill Pond
May 8, 2010
By Bill Kettler
State land-use officials say Jackson County should change its land development ordinance to prevent gravel from being mined under permits for excavating farm ponds.
County commissioners will consider recommendations from the Department of Land Conservation and Development at their study session at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 11, development director Kelly Madding said Friday.
State regulators are unhappy with the county's issuance of a permit for a farm pond near the Applegate River. State law allows construction of farm ponds. Gravel was removed from the farm, which constitutes mining, according to the DLCD. Mining would require a different land-use permit and public notice.