Blue Pit expansion before BOCC today
A plan by the owners of the Blue Gravel Pit on Highway 82 near Carbondale to expand the operation by 65 acres goes before the Garfield Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) today.
The commissioners will hold a public hearing to consider the proposal during the afternoon session of today’s regular BOCC meeting, at the Garfield County administration building, 108 Eighth St., Glenwood Springs. The afternoon agenda begins at 1 p.m.
The gravel pit is located on the Blue family ranch near the intersection of Highway 82 and County Road 103 (Crystal Springs Road). The pit has been in existence since 1981, operating under a permit to mine gravel on 83 acres of the larger 284-acre ranch.
The pit’s owners, Western Slope Aggregates (WSA), propose expanding the operation by another 65 acres.
In 2010, the county commissioners compromised in approving a 23-acre expansion of the pit. The gravel pit expansion has been opposed by neighbors in the area, primarily those living in the Wooden Deer subdivision.
WSA never commenced the expansion under the earlier approvals. The BOCC also initially imposed a 20-year time limit for the expanded pit operations. WSA is seeking a 45-year extension with the new application.
Following a public hearing in September, the Garfield County Planning Commission voted 7-0 to recommend approval of the expansion plans.
Also on this afternoon’s BOCC agenda will be an executive session and follow-up public discussion between the commissioners and county staff regarding the county’s options following the passage of Colorado Amendment 64 in the Nov. 6 election.
The measure legalized possession of less than one ounce of marijuana by persons age 21 and older, and directed the state legislature to set up a regulatory structure for growing, manufacturing, selling and taxing marijuana for recreational use.
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