The Houston County Board of Commissioners approved rezoning an additional 313 acres for a new cement plant and limestone mine off Ga. 11/U.S. 341 in southeast Houston County at its regular meeting Tuesday morning.
The tract rezoned from agricultural to general industrial and mining for Houston American Cement is adjacent to 1,946 acres that the commission had rezoned in 2007 for the cement plant and limestone mine that the company plans to develop and operate.
"This is simply an expansion of that project," said engineer Bill Hodges, whose firm did engineering work for the company.
He and Ed Buehler, Houston American Cement’s project director, said the company is now working to secure the necessary permits it needs to begin clearing the land and beginning operations.
"It’s a pretty involved process, but we hope to be able to begin work in nine to 18 months," Buehler said.
The new mine and plant will be adjacent to the Clinchfield Cement plant and mine which has been in operation for about 90 years. It is now owned by Cemex, Inc.