After a long haul riddled with anticipation and controversy, the proposed Las Pilitas quarry, California, was stopped in its tracks by the San Luis Obispo County board.
Supervisors heard the matter on May 12, after the project applicant, Las Pilitas Resources, appealed the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission’s January decision to deny the project.
The quarry, which would mine granite-based aggregate rock, stirred widespread opposition from the Santa Margarita area’s community. County planning staff recommended denial, citing seven significant and unavoidable impacts, such as the traffic, noise, and visual impacts identified by the project’s environmental impact report.
The meeting lasted almost 12 hours, and approximately 120 people spoke during the quarry hearing’s public comment. Project opponents focused primarily on the frequent truck trips the project would send through town.
Project supporters, many hailing from the construction industry and surrounding communities, spoke of the need for a stable rock source to add to the existing supply from local quarries. The two sides sharply disagreed on whether the property rights of the quarry’s owners or the area’s residents should prevail.