OCRC Pit Properties

Pit Property Project Overview

Decades ago, the Ottawa County Road Commission (OCRC) had the sensible foresight to acquire several properties with aggregate resources located throughout the county. These “pit” properties were developed to provide aggregate, specifically sand and gravel, for construction and other operational needs of the county road system. Over time, the resources on these properties were periodically extracted, reflecting the ebbs and flows of market demand for such construction materials.

Since then, the needs of the county road system have changed and a new chapter for these properties has presented itself. In more recent years, a decline in the availability of aggregate commodities has been noted globally as well as in West Michigan. This decline – combined with the heightened need to invest in aging infrastructure – has convinced the OCRC Board that the time is right to consider extracting the remaining aggregate from selected pit properties.

The OCRC’s goal is to conduct this process in a way that is responsive and sensitive to community concerns yet allows for reasonable resource production and appropriate site reclamation.

For many years, the OCRC has managed these properties as valuable community assets that supported the county road system. At the conclusion of aggregate extraction and site reclamation, the OCRC intends that these properties will continue as valuable community assets.

The Road Commission has selected sites in Zeeland, Jamestown and Georgetown townships as the leading sites for restarting aggregate extraction.

The extracted materials from these sites will be used for road, drainage, water main, and sanitary sewer improvements, as well as be available for commercial sales. Any proceeds from the mining operations will be used for the maintenance and upkeep of OCRC facilities and equipment, which will allow the Road Commission to use more of its normal road funds directly toward the much-needed road and drainage infrastructure improvements across Ottawa County.

Pit Site Information

Georgetown Pit

Georgetown Pit

The Georgetown Pit known as the “Cheyne Pit” is situated on approximately 78 acres and is located on the east of Cottonwood Drive and south of Fillmore Street in the Bend Area of Georgetown Township.

In 2021, Top Grade Aggregates was selected to operate and mine approximately 7.0 million cubic yards of aggregate materials from the pit.

In 2022, Tope Grade secured and cleaned up the site. Top surface materials from the mining area were removed and screened. These products will be sold in 2023 making room for the larger production mining which will begin in earnest spring of 2024. April marked a milestone as the first load of product was sold from this site, Class II sand, for a small parking lot addition at Chapel Pointe Church in Jenison.

Top Grade anticipates that once full mining begins in 2024 that the site will be fully mined with the site reclamation completed in approximately 10 years. This property had been the site for gravel processing for decades prior to Top Grade being selected to mine the pit.  This is one of the final mining operations for much of this area as it transitions to become a part of the Bend in the River master plan started decade ago.

Jamestown Pit

Jamestown Pit

The Jamestown Pit known as the “Van Noord Pit” is situated on approximately 44 acres and is located on the southside of Riley Street west of 16th Avenue in Jamestown Township.

In 2021, Top Grade Aggregates was selected to operate and mine approximately 2.5 million cubic yards of aggregate materials from the pit.

Mining operations started in 2022 and during this year, Top Grade extracted just over 400,000 tons of material out of this mine. Much of the material was Class II sand with the balance being stone that was screened out and will be processed for other gravel types.

Some of the notable projects which were supplied by this mine in 2022:

  • I-196 rebuild Hudsonville to Zeeland
  • Various locale new subdivision and PUD’s currently under construction. Both in Jamestown township and in neighboring townships & cities.
  • Individual home sites throughout the township.
  • Numerous local road reconstruction projects.
  • Public sidewalks and bike paths.

Top Grade anticipates another strong year of sales from this site.  If the market continues to drive sales volumes like 2022, this mining project and site reclamation is on track to be completed within 10 years.

Zeeland Pit

Zeeland Pit

The Zeeland Pit known as the “Kok Pit” is situated on approximately 80 acres and is located on the westside of 84th Avenue, eastside of 88th Avenue, and southside of Frontage Road in Zeeland Township.

In 2022, Lakeshore Sand was selected to operate and mine approximately 700 thousand cubic yards of sand from the pit. Site clearing, fencing, silt fence and soil erosion controls, and paved driveway approaches have been completed on the site.

Mining operations started in April 2023 and it is anticipated that this mining project and site reclamation will be completed within 10 years.

Pit Project FAQs

How (and where) where will extracted materials be used?

The dominant use of aggregate from natural deposits is filler and binder in concrete and asphalt for the construction of roads and buildings.

The extracted material from OCRC pit properties could be used for road, drainage, water main and sanitary sewer improvements, as well as be available for commercial sales.

Any proceeds from the mining operations would be used for the maintenance and upkeep of OCRC facilities and equipment. This revenue would allow the OCRC to use more of its normal road funds directly toward the much-needed road and drainage infrastructure improvements across Ottawa County.

Will there be any impacts to the surrounding areas from the mining operations?

The OCRC has goal to minimize any impacts from the mining operations and to be sensitive to community concerns about the operation.

The selected contractor will have to adhere to the requirements that includes, but is not limited to, the hours of operation, site security, implementation of appropriate soil erosion and dust controls, and measures to mitigate noise.

How can I report concerns about the mining operation?

Please share any concerns or information with us as these projects unfold. All community concerns about the mining operations can be directed to the OCRC.  Please contact us at:

Email: info@ottawacorc.com
Phone: (616) 842-5400
Address: 14110 Lakeshore Drive, Grand Haven, MI 49417