Comstock Mining Inc. requested a Zoning change and Master Plan amendment. A hearing is scheduled Nov. 12, 2013 in Yerington
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.
PLEASE mark your calendars for November 12, 2013. On this date in Yerington (time to be determined), 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.
Silver City residents will present the effects of mining on their lives, town and quality of life. The Planning Commission and the County Commissioners have been provided with the petition signed by the residents of Silver City (109 signatures). We ask all interested parties to attend the hearing to demonstrate that we as a community 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 want to protect your family, home and property you need to be there. This is a critical meeting, we need a large turnout for this meeting.
Update on recent events
Comstock Mining requested to consolidate 9 parcels of land into one 14 acre parcel in and around the mining buildings at the Dayton Consolidated. At the October 10th hearing, the Planning Commission granted the consolidation of the parcels, stating that the consolidated acreage was consistent with the current residential zoning. The commissioners did not consider that the goal of the consolidation was to create a large parcel in preparation for mining. Approximately 15 Silver City residents appeared at the Planning Commission hearing as did Comstock Residents Association’s Attorney, John Marshall who argued for the denial of the application.
On October 14, 2013, there was a Nevada Department of Environmental Protection (NDEP) hearing on a Water Pollution Control Permit for the expansion of CMI’s American Flat Mill site. Gayle Sherman of the Comstock Residents Association presented concerns regarding the potential pollution of downstream areas caused by CMI’s plans for a storm drainage channel that would dump into American Creek. Lori Carpenter, a local hydrologist, provided a letter raising concerns about the potential toxic storm water and asking for testing of the stream bed and drainage channels. Residents of Silver City cited their concerns about the safety of their wells and comments about the Lucerne Project in vicinity to areas where contaminants of concern have been detected.
NDEP will take the comments into consideration and make a final determination on the Water Pollution Control Permit shortly.