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 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 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 question whether the benefits of a large scale third quarry in the area outweigh the impacts to public safety it would impose, and whether an entire community should submit to the unnecessary industrialization of our rural character for the benefit of only a few.

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 more than 200 comment letters submitted at the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) Comment period can be viewed at this link by scrolling down to Draft Environmental Impact Report Comments.
 
The Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) has been released.  LINK to FEIR.  

Responses to Comments submitted can be found here:  LINK to Responses to Comments.  

If you submitted comments, please review the response and respond back to mwilson@co.slo.ca.us if you feel your comments have not been adequately addressed in the FEIR.   


A Planning Commission Hearing to approve or deny project is scheduled for Thursday December 11, 2014

Here is the link to the county's official Update posted on their website.  A Staff Report that will include the Planning Department's recommendation for approval or denial of the project proposal will be available approximately 2 weeks before the targeted hearing date. It will be posted as part of the agenda for the hearing. LINK to Planning Commission Agendas.
 

  • Write the Planning Commission prior to the Hearing  e-mail rhedges@co.slo.ca.us
  • Attend the Planning Commission Hearing whether you plan to speak or not.  Your presence is important.
  • Hearings are held in the Board of Supervisors Chambers, County Government Center, San Luis Obispo, Ca.
  • Planning Commission Meetings start at 9:00 AM.  When the agenda is published, we'll have a better idea of the specific time slot but it is most likely that the entire day will be given to this hearing.   
 
Printable tri-fold on Planning Commission Hearing (pdf)
Printable overview brochure  (pdf)


 

 


 

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!!!

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” 
-Margaret Mead-