State Appellate Court Blocks Mining Operation in Pinelands

A state appeals court yesterday upheld a decision by the Pinelands Commission to block approval of a mining operation in Jackson Township by a local planning board.

In a 12-page ruling, the court found the commission’s rejection of the project was justified because it failed to conform with the agency’s Comprehensive Management Plan, which does not permit mining operations in parts of the Pinelands designated as “forest areas.’’

The area where the building would have occurred had been zoned as “rural development’’ until a task force within the commission had recommended changing it to the forest-area designation in 2003; it was changed by the township two years later.

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