Helena Valley gravel pit application officially abandoned

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The highlighted area shows the location of a proposed 61.5-acre gravel pit in the Helena Valley.

Tyler Manning

After issuing a second deficiency notice June 10, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality has officially deemed an application for a gravel pit in the Helena Valley abandoned.

The proposed 61.5-acre gravel pit was proposed for a site in the north valley and would have bordered Rhonda Road, McHugh Drive, Mill Road, Edgerton Road and Hedges Drive. The site, referred to as McHugh 2 in DEQ documents, was expected to impact 604 residences within a half-mile radius of the proposed site.

The notice of abandonment for the application was issued to Helena Valley Sand and Gravel owner Kim Smith on Wednesday. The letter cites the first and second deficiency notices issued on May 26, 2020, and June 10, 2021. According to the letter, the application that was first received on July 16, 2019, has been abandoned and void in accordance with MCA 82-4-432(4)(c).

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