The Mineral Lands Task Force is proposing to make mining a permitted use in the area highlighted in red
What is a Surface Mining Overlay (SMO) ?
A Surface Mining Overlay is an overlay that is applied to a map to dedicate the presence of mineral resources and to protect them from incompatible development.
Why is the proposed Surface Mining Overlay a problem?
Clark County Commissioners appointed a Mineral Lands Task Force to identify future mineral lands for the county. The task force (predominantly made up of people in the mining industry) were perfectly qualified for identifying resources. The second step of creating the overlay was to remove areas that were incompatible with current land use. Clark County has a comprehensive plan which in matrix 3.5 defines incompatibilities for example, road access and proximity to residential areas. Despite meeting on 11 occasions over two years the Mineral Lands Task Force failed to consider systematic removal of the overlay when judged against incompatible land use. When the map was first presented at the September 17th hearing many areas covered by the Surface Mining Overlay were obviously deeply incompatible with current uses for example close proximity to our community, A large overlay was also placed over Camp Bonneville which is a Superfund site where the ground cannot be disturbed, Our current roads have been examined by the county and judged to be inadequate for mining traffic........the list goes on. The Planning Commission made the honorable decision at the October 17th hearing to remove all the overlay from the mountain and this recommendation will be taken to the County Commissioners. Unfortunately we do not know if County Commissioners will accept the Planning Commission's recommendations.
How can I can help?
The best way to help is to be educated, get involved and donate. If you have ideas, information or testimony regarding areas under the current Overlay please contact us.
Links to Clark County's proposed map, policy and changes:
Documents, maps and meeting minutes: