NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - The New Hanover County Planning Board voted Thursday evening to continue a debate on rezoning in Castle Hayne.
Hilton Properties wants to re-zone land next to the GE Plant on Castle Hayne Road. The company wants the property rezoned from agricultural use to industrial use. If the land is reclassified, Hilton Properties hopes to install a sand mine in the area.
The proposal to rezone the 63 acres was originally discussed at a public meeting in December. At that meeting, the board told Hilton Properties that more information was needed to satisfy residents living near the property in question.
Thursday, safety was the issue called into question by the board. The panel agreed that more information on water tables and potential contamination was needed before rezoning could begin.
"We're certainly going to work with the community and the court system to do things in the proper order so we feel like we're going to work towards making those goals possible," said Stephen Magenbauer, an owner with Hilton Properties.
Castle Hayne residents at the meeting feared that groundwater contamination, noise pollution, and heavy traffic would all accompany the sand mine.
"I'm not opposed to industry, I'm not opposed to sand mining, but however our land in that area has got some contaminants. That's very concerning," said Karen Bell, a resident at the meeting.
The planning board asked to see updates from the company within 60 days.
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