Map 14 shows the location of existing and future limerock mining activities and was intended to evolve over time. It is not a static map, like many assume, nor does it cap mining activities. In addition, Map 14 in no way provides protections to water resources, wildlife habitats, or residential and agricultural uses.
An applicant may request an amendment to add land to the Map 14 overlay upon showing of a “clear necessity,” if located in a “less disturbed environment." Clear necessity does not need to be tied to a market analysis. If the land is located “in or near existing disturbed areas,” there are no review criteria for expanding Map 14. Once land has been included on Map 14, the effectiveness of evaluating the impact of mining on nearby wildlife habitat, water resources, and compatibility with nearby uses during the rezoning process is weakened.