Plymouth: Gravel removal plans on hold – again

Viking Development, owner of the Home Depot Plaza off Long Pond Road in Plymouth, proposes to remove 230,000 cubic yards of sand to extend the retail center 30 acres. The proposal needs approval from the Plymouth Zoning Board of Appeals. The board had continued the process four times before taking it on again Wednesday night.

The most recent continuance gave time to study the effect of the gravel removal on the nearby Lout Pond town well. The study found the full extend of gravel removal requested could have a negative effect on the well.

Representatives of the company that has plans to build an outlet mall on the leveled site attended the hearing. Residents of Billington Street, who would see the woods behind their homes replaced with a view to the plaza and Route 3, attended the hearing.

Viking requested the ZBA deny the application for the earth removal permit without prejudice until its engineers design a full build-out plan. The board voted unanimously to grant that request. It has the effect of ceasing all ZBA action, while allowing the developer to re-apply for the permit at some time in the future.


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About Charles Mathewson

Charles Mathewson worked in print journalism for more than two decades as a reporter and editor, and has won several regional and national awards. He resides in Plymouth where he writes fiction and paints, when not producing award-winning news as a reporter for WATD.