South Fayette zoning officials heard more than four hours of testimony Wednesday night on a proposal for coal mining on the former Mayview State Hospital site.
The zoning hearing board voted 3-0 to continue the hearing until 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2 in the municipal building, 515 Millers Run Road.
Property owner Aloe Brothers LLC has reapplied for a three-year strip mining project to remove 330,000 tons of coal from beneath 37 acres of the former Mayview State Hospital site before building a business park. Zoning officials rejected a similar proposal in February.
Aloe attorney William Sittig Jr. requested a special exception to allow mining on the Mayview site, which is in a business zoning district. He argued that coal mining is a "comparable use" to oil and gas development -- which is permitted in the district -- and he challenged the validity of part of the township zoning law.
"The ordinance is irrational and discriminatory from a planning perspective," Mr. Sittig said.
Township solicitor Jonathan Kamin will present his case on the Mayview application at next week's hearing.
Residents of South Fayette and nearby communities expressed concerns about noise, truck traffic, the use of explosives and other issues.
Ruth Bailey said it's always been quiet during her 41 years living in Upper St. Clair, just outside the Mayview site. "Even Mayview [Hospital] didn't bother me," she said in an interview.
Andrea Iglar, freelance writer: email@example.com.