Plymouth: Planning Board approves 19-acre strip mine ruse at 10 Collins Ave., Plymouth
Ruse of siting a warehouse used to obtain earth removal permit for about $1 million sand and gravel
Massive earth removal operation rubber stamped by Building Inspector, Planning Board and ZBA
This came to light in May 2021 when residents noticed Spencer was clearing the land, plainly visible from the highway. He had no permit to do this. Over the course of a year, the Plymouth Planning Board, Buidling Inspector and ZBA all went along with this ruse. The Town is allowing Spencer to strip mine to under the laughable claim that digging a hole, removing $9 million worth of sand and gravel over years is “necessary” to site a warehouse in the Industrial Park. This is a blatant ruse!
In June 2021, before he even owned the site, Scott Spencer contracted with Lopes Construction to excavate the site and purchase the sand and take it off site. At the January 2022 Planning Board hearing, Spencer told the Planning Board that if any sand was removed off site, it was a “misunderstanding” with the contractor, Lopes. Spencer’s own letter refutes that. He also said that any sand removed was for “testing” the soil. This was a lie.
Save the Pine Barrens requested enforcement from the Building Inspector, who refused to enforce the law. Work stopped temporarily after a Planning Board member reported the illegal activity in the spring but then resumed and continues today.
In January, 2022 the Planning Board rubber-stamped the project under the ruse presented by the developer, Scott Spencer, that digging a huge hole, removing 1 million in cubic yards was “necessary” to hide the building from being viewed from the highway. This sound preposterous — and it is.
Save the Pine Barrens is challenged this illegal sand mining legally but was unable to pursue it to court.