Welcome Friends and Neighbors
Margarita Proud 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 private 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 THE WRONG PROJECT in the WRONG LOCATION. printable information brochure
We currently have several large scale quarries nearby that are sited much more appropriately to their surroundings and have many decades of material resources in the ground. The proposal by Las Pilitas Resources is poorly planned and poorly sited by comparison, and threatens the future livability and rural character of Santa Margarita and the areas surrounding it by introducing entirely new impacts not currently associated with mining. We question whether the benefits of a third quarry in the area outweigh the impacts it will impose on it's surroundings, and whether an entire community should submit to the industrialization of our rural character for the benefit of just a few.
On the pages dedicated to the Hwy. 58/ Las Pilitas Hard Rock Quarry proposal, 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.
The Draft Environmental Impact Report for this project is complete and available for public review
AVAILABILITY OF THE DEIR
Deadline for coments is June 5, 2013
(pdf of DEIR Comment Form)
pdf - Making Effective Comments
Link - Las Pilitas Quarry DEIR
Located in folder titled: Draft EIR Las Pilitas Quarry CUP and Reclamation Plan
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