Garfield County commissioners approve batch plant operation |

Garfield County commissioners approve batch plant operation

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Garfield County commissioners gave approval Monday to plans for the continued operation of a concrete batch plant along Highway 82 outside Carbondale beyond April 2013.

However, a new nearby gravel pit that would supply the plant after that time remains the subject of a lawsuit filed by neighbors, following commissioner approval of the pit earlier this year.

At their regular meeting Monday, commissioners unanimously approved a land use change permit for Crystal Ranch Corp. to continue to operate the concrete plant on the existing LaFarge gravel pit site, after that pit closes.

The plant is currently operating using aggregate from the long-operating gravel pit at the northwest corner of Highway 82 and Garfield County Road 103.

However, that pit is nearing the end of its permitted life, and the site is to be reclaimed by April 18, 2013, with the exception of the concrete plant.

At issue is the newly approved Cerise gravel pit, to be located at the northeast corner of the intersection. Commissioners approved plans for that new pit in July.

However, a group of homeowners sued the Garfield Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) on Aug. 4, alleging that the board “exceeded its jurisdiction and/or abused its discretion” with the approval.

The suit was been filed on behalf of Ernest Kollar, Charles Vidal and Chris Coyle, residents of the Wooden Deer subdivision, which is adjacent to the new gravel pit site on 103 Road, also known as Crystal Springs Road.

In the meantime, Crystal Ranch Corp. has proceeded with its plans to continue operation of the concrete batch plant on the neighboring property.

One condition of approval for the concrete plant is that the gravel be hauled from the new Cerise pit. It’s unclear where the gravel would come from if the lawsuit is successful in overturning approvals for the new pit.

In other land use items before the BOCC Monday, the commissioners:

• Postponed until Dec. 19 final action approving the zoning and subdivision plan for the 366-home River Edge development, in order to allow more time for the appropriate legal documents to be drawn up. Commissioners approved the project on a 2-1 vote after a Nov. 21 public hearing. The development, to be located in the Cattle Creek area between Glenwood Springs and Carbondale, is to be built in seven phases over 20 years.

• Approved an amended special use permit for Robertson Fabrication on County Road 264 outside Rifle to include cabinet-making, woodworking and metal fabrication. The business, owned by Howdy and Diann Robertson, is a contractor for the natural gas industry.

• Approved the annexation of the Silt River Preserve into the town of Silt. The preserve is a 132-acre parcel located along the Colorado River south of the town’s water and wastewater treatment plants.

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