Mine expansion plan revealed in Draper, opponent signals battle ahead

Hundreds of thousands of people drive past it on Interstate 15, and hang gliders and para-gliders soar over it; now a Draper quarry has submitted formal plans to expand mining operations on land it owns at Point of the Mountain. (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) — Hundreds of thousands of people drive past it on Interstate 15, and hang gliders and para-gliders soar over it; now a Draper quarry has submitted formal plans to expand mining operations on land it owns at Point of the Mountain.

Geneva Rock filed an application this week with Draper City for a zoning change to allow mining on 72 more acres.

A leading opponent said the proposal would kick up more dust, and scar the landscape.

“It’s a lot of dust, it’s pollution,“ said Adrian Dybwad, a former hang glider and para-glider, who lives above the sand, gravel and rock mine. “It’s really destroying a natural environment.“

Dybwad organized a Facebook group called ‘Stop Geneva Rock’, which he said has hundreds of supporters.

The company said it’s already invested tens of millions of dollars in site upgrades, and its new plan—the second in several years—is coupled with a conservation easement for even more of its land than the expanded mining footprint.

“It would allow us to complete mining on our property,“ said Dave Kallas, spokesman for Geneva Rock’s parent company. “This is a very sweet deal for the community.“

Kallas also maintained the plan would save the nearby flight park, where gliders take off for their adventures.

Dybwad said the park would survive even without the new proposal.

Geneva Rock released a video showing what it said is a comparison of how the mountain looks now, and what would happen if the zoning change is approved. It shows a swath of already excavated land would be covered with green new vegetation.

The expected fight over the future may come down to two issues.

“The gravel operation, a lot of folks aren’t happy with it, and don’t like it,“ said Troy Walker, Draper Mayor. “But they’re (Geneva Rock) a property owner and a taxpayer in the City of Draper.“

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