Comstock Mining is pursuing a Master Plan and Zoning Change at the Dayton Consolidated Mill site at the south end of Silver City, across from the “Y” at the junction of 341 and 342.
You may or may not be aware that this same situation, i.e a proposal to change zoning and the Master Plan to allow a pit mine at the Dayton Consolidated, was proposed in 1986 by a mining company called Nevex. The citizens of Silver City (some of the same ones who are working on the Comstock Mining application) organized, hired experts, provided a presentation and most importantly showed up at the hearing. The end result was that in 1986 the Master Plan and zoning application was denied by both the Planning Commission and the County Commissioners. It is not a forgone conclusion that Comstock Mining will be granted what they are asking for. Twenty-seven years ago, we actively defended our rights to enjoy and protect our property and we can do it again.
Next Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 9AM at 27 South Main Street in Yerington, the Lyon County Planning Commission will decide whether to grant a Master Plan and Zoning change to Comstock Mining. If the changes are granted, it will pave the way for Comstock Mining to apply for a Special Use Permit for their proposed mining project at the Dayton Consolidated. This is not just one more meeting… The Planning Commissioners will be looking to see how many Silver City residents care enough about this to actually attend the hearing.
Once again, Silver City will provide a response, this time to the Comstock Mining application for the Master Plan and Zoning change via a presentation. Silver City residents may speak during public comment regarding the effects of mining on the lives of it’s residents, the town and quality of life at large.
The Planning Commission and the County Commissioners have been provided with the petition (109 signatures) signed by the residents of Silver City who oppose the Master Plan and Zoning changes. To add weight to the petition, residents attending the hearing will demonstrate that we as a town are united in our opposition to mining within Silver City town limits. If you don’t want to live next to blasting, dust, noise and trucks hauling ore through town; if you live on the Comstock and you want to protect your family, home and property you need to be there. This is a critical meeting. The Planning Commissioners will decide at this meeting whether to approve or not-approve the changes to the zoning and the master plan and their recommendations will be forwarded to the Lyon County Commissioners who will make the final decision on November 21, 2013.