County supervisors paved the way for the expansion of the Harris Quarry in Willits, Calif., and establishment of an asphalt plant on the site by confirming the quarry's use permit, according to the Willits News.
The Mendocino County Planning Commission approved a Use Permit and Reclamation Plan in May. Jack Magne, president of Keep The Code, promptly filed an appeal to the ruling. Supervisors scheduled a public hearing on the appeal for June 19.
After listening to public comment for nearly three hours, the board voted unanimously to deny the appeal and confirmed the use permit for the expansion. Supervisors added a slight modification to the 30-year permit, limiting the 100 possible nights of operation to work required for either contractual obligations or to support emergency roadwork, and to require the use of native species for screening wherever feasible. The modifications were added to 68 other planning commission mitigation requirements, including about $1 million in road access modifications along Highway 101 to add acceleration and deceleration lanes.
The correspondence received on this issue to the board was 2-1 against the project.