Welcome Friends and Neighbors
Margarita Proud is a non-profit community organization that represents a diverse group of San Luis Obispo county residents committed to the future livability, rural quality, and safety in and around Santa Margarita, California.
We advocate and promote:
- Adhering to the intentions and policies existing within SLO County's Comprehensive General Plan, Land Use Element (LUE), and Land Use Ordinance (LUO).
- Creating community awareness of land-use policies, the planning process, and the decision-making process through education.
- Meaningful public participation in local decision making.
- Transparency in the process and unobstructed access to public information.
- Responsible stewardship of the Salinas River watershed.Safety and aesthetics along Scenic Highway 58.
- The legal rights of property owners.
- Responsible use of our natural resources.
- Wise use of our water resources that maintain safe and sufficient quality and quantity in the future.
- Responsible planning principles that result in economic and aesthetic well-being for the entire community.
We believe the unique character and beauty of the Santa Margarita area make it worthy of the effort and thoughtful planning necessary to help shape a future that includes preserving our rural character and quality of life.
OUR CURRENT FOCUS
is on an industrial scale Gravel Quarry and Asphalt and Concrete crushing facility being proposed just east of the town of Santa Margarita between the Salinas River Bridge and Parkhill Rd. (PM 5.1) on Hwy 58. The Oster/Las Pilitas Quarry (DRC 2009-00025), locally known also as the Hwy. 58 Quarry, is being proposed in an unsuitable location, making it simply THE WRONG PROJECT in the WRONG LOCATION. We currently have several large scale quarries nearby that are much better sited with regards to their surroundings, and that have many decades of resources available to fulflll projected future needs for aggregate. The Las Pilitas Resources proposal is poorly planned and poorly sited, threatening the future safety, livability, and character of Santa Margarita and the areas surrounding it by introducing entirely new impacts not currently associated with mining. The proposed location does not fit with the surrounding density and current land uses, and would utilize a haul route that would funnel 273 gravel trucks through residential areas daily. According to the Environmental Impact Report, up to 800 truck trips per day may be anticipated for "emergencies" that remain undefined. We agree with county staff's analysis that the benefits of a large scale third quarry in the area DO NOT outweigh the impacts to the community it would impose. An entire community should NOT have to submit to the unnecessary industrialization of our rural character for the benefit of just a few individuals.
On the pages dedicated to the Oster/Las Pilitas Hard Rock Quarry proposed by Las Pilitas Resources, LLC, we examine this specific project, providing in depth answers to many of the questions being asked by community members as awareness of this proposal increases. Our objective is to harness the POWER a well informed community brings to participation in the process. We encourage all residents to become aware of the details of this project and the land use entitlement process.
CURRENT STATUS OF APPLICATION FOR CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT and Reclamation Plan by Las Pilitas Resources, LLC
The Planning Commission's Feb. 5, 2015 denial of the project was appealed to the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors. On May 12, 2015 that appeal was heard by the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors. By a 3-2 majority, the Board upheld the Planning Commission's prior decision to deny the project. The final vote landed with Bruce Gibson, Frank Mecham and Adam Hill voting to DENY and Lynn Compton and Debbie Arnold vehemently disagreeing with that direction.
Informational Brochure for Upcoming Board of Supervisors Hearing
(printable - shareable pdf document)
On February 5, 2015, the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission voted to DENY the project proposal. The first Hearing began on Thursday DECEMBER 11 and was continued to JANUARY 8, 2015. On Jan. 8, no decision was reached by the Commission and the Hearing was continued again to the February 5 date. Commissioners Ken Topping (District 2), Eric Meyer (District 3), and Jim Irving (District 1) considered the factual evidence and voted in favor of upholding the Department of Planning and Building's recommendation to DENY the project proposal. Commissoners Jim Harrison (District 4) and Don Campbell (District 5) chose to vote against their staff's detailed analysis and recommendation. The committment and cumulative knowledge presented by a diverse mix of community members undoubtedly played a role in getting this project denied. Thanks to everyone for all of your effort and hard work.
Planning Commission's decisions are appelable to the Board of Supervisors. The applicant has appealed the Planning Commission's denial and a hearing has been set for May 12, 2015. We'll continue to post information as it becomes available.
The Department of Planning and Building's Staff Report recommended the Planning Commission take the following action:
1. Deny the application for a Conditional Use Permit and Reclamation Plan; and
2. Adopt the Findings included in Exhibit A.
On Feb. 5, 2015, The Planning Commission voted 3-2 to DENY the project (as recommended by their staff).
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