Quarry proposals is a tale of two cities
February 19, 2015
OPINION By BILL LLOYD
County planning staffs review of two quarry proposals is a tale of two cities: Las Pilitas Resources, a small locally-owned quarry proposal that’s been heavily scrutinized by county staff, and the Hanson Quarry expansion, a larger, corporate- owned mine next door that’s been sailing through the San Luis Obispo County Planning Department.
The root of the problem lies in the county’s double-standard use of traffic numbers for each project.
Here is some of the inconsistencies:
According to the county, traffic numbers projections are 273 average daily trips at Las Pilitas (presuming maximum annual production of 500,000 tons), compared to 228 average daily trips at Hanson (permitted to extract 700,000 ton annually). How can this be?
According to the county, Las Pilitas will generate 75 daily truck trips for recycling, which would be more trips than every other concrete and asphalt facility in San Luis Obispo County combined. Hanson is only projected to generate 20 recycling trips each day.
According to the county, Las Pilitas will operate at a maximum production each day (generating 198 trucks trips), even though the Hanson Quarry only hit maximum production once in the last three years.
The math simply doesn’t add up, and reflects the county’s double standards for two similar proposals.
Bill Lloyd has lived in Santa Margarita for almost 30 years.