A York Building Products' proposal to expand its quarry to 16 acres of undeveloped land it owns on the edge of its 130-year-old limestone operation on York City's northwestern corner is officially back on the table.

The company first publicized its plan earlier this year by asking for a zoning change from the York City Council.

But York Building Products withdrew that request in March.

On Tuesday, the company's application for a zoning change - from residential zoning to an "employment center district" - appeared once again on the council's agenda.

With no discussion, the council voted to refer the company's request to the city's and county's planning commissions for review and recommendations.

Afterward, the company's development consultant, Joe Musso, said York Building Products withdrew its application in March after speaking to members of the council.

"They didn't seem satisfied that we had reached out to the neighbors," Musso said.

The company recently held a two-hour meeting, attended by about 40 residents, to explain the plan, Musso said.

"Our main purpose was to let them know we're not just over there blowing stuff up," he said. "We laid out everything we could, as honestly as we could."

Reactions were mixed, he said.

Some neighbors are concerned the quarry's blasts are already damaging their homes and will continue to do so if the quarry extends closer to the neighborhood, Musso said.


Knowing for sure whether the activity at the quarry is affecting nearby homes is tough to do "without tremendous expense for both the homeowners and the company," Musso said.

But, he said, the company is "confident that it has not."

"If they really thought that this was going to damage homes, they wouldn't be doing it," he said.

If York Building Products is successful in acquiring the zoning change, that would still be the first of multiple steps toward an expansion of the quarry. The company also needs use conditional approval to use the land for mining.

The company would also need the approval of the state Department of Environmental Protection to expand its quarrying operation, Musso said.

- Erin James may also be reached at ejames@yorkdispatch.com.