We are in the process of investigating the annexation of land containing large deposits of gypsum. These parcels are currently in ag production with no mining activities currently occurring. However, it is estimated that within the next 15-20 years this land will be opened up and extraction will begin. The gyp company owns most of the land they suspect of having gypsum, but not all.
We are checking into annexing this land because we may have a voluntary annexation adjacent to the gypsum land and preliminary talks with gyp company reps have been inquisitive, but not negative. We currently have no gypsum land within the City. All of the mining and mills are located in the County which allows new extraction by special exception only. If annexation occurs, we plan to work with the company to develop zoning controls to make sure they are allowed to open up their land for mining with minimal conflicts; likely through the development of an overlay zone and/or mining district. In preparation for this, we are educating ourselves as to the possibilities prior to submitting a possible proposal to the gyp co's corporate.
This is a unique situation in these parts since there is very little mining in this agricultural state aside from sand, gravel, & limestone. We just happen to have one heckuva large deposit of gypsum here. Mining here has been going on for 100+ years and probably will for 100+ more, but development has been getting closer to the deposits over time. Our main objective would be to protect this large industry from harm rather than to restrict mining rights in favor of more urban-type development in those areas. One reason the gyp co might be open to annexation is that the County hasn't really grasped the common sense of land use control. Haphazard residential development is becoming more common in the County not less common. It is not inconceivable that future County officials might be more interested in pacifying rural residents than protecting this industry.
Probably more than you wanted to know, but I'm looking for some ideas. I've tried APA and the info I received was minimal to say the least. Surprise.