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Attend county Planning hearing via Zoom at 10 a.m., Thursday, May 27, on Ojai Quarry reclamation plan change

 

 

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Ojai Valley News file photo
The public can weigh in on a proposed change to the Ojai Quarry’s reclamation plan, during a Planning Director Hearing set for Thursday.

 

Perry Van Houten, Ojai Valley News senior reporter

Ventura County planners will review a proposed change to a reclamation plan requested by the owner of the Ojai Quarry, during a public hearing set for Thursday, May 27 at 10 a.m.

To view the hearing online via Zoom, visit https://ventura-org-rma.zoom.us/j/87018560940

Meeting lD: 870 1856 0940

Password: 434828

 

Phone ln: 1-669-900-9128
The public is encouraged to provide written comments to the case planner, Mindy Fogg at 805-654-5192, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Following the meeting, the Planning director will approve or deny the project and impose any necessary conditions on the entitlement that is the subject of the hearing. Unless the Planning director's decision is appealed within a few days of the decision, it is final.

Among the speakers is Michael Shapiro of Ojai.

To review the plan, visit: 

https://vcrma.org/docs/images/pdf/planning/hearings/pd/05-27-21_MF_PL18-0136.pdf

(Use the computer's "zoom in" and "zoom out" tool to view the documents and maps.)

To view today's Planning director agenda, visit: https://vcrma.org/docs/images/pdf/planning/hearings/pd/05-27-21_pdh-post_05-20-21.pdf

A reclamation plan, required by state law, is a blueprint for returning mined lands to a usable and safe condition once mining operations have concluded.

Under the current reclamation plan, over-excavated areas at the facility, at 15558 Maricopa Highway, would need to be backfilled, requiring the placement of approximately 97,000 cubic yards of fill material from on site.

The proposed amendment to the reclamation plan would allow the existing ground surface in the over-excavated area to comprise a portion of the final reclaimed surface, eliminating the need for fill material.

“It would allow them to use what’s on site to stabilize and still put it back into good order," said Mindy Fogg, commercial and industrial permits manager with the Ventura County Planning Division.

The facility’s over-excavated areas are not prominently visible from the adjacent highway, so the appearance of the quarry will not be substantially altered by the proposed change in the final reclaimed surface, according to a Planning Division staff report.

No other substantial changes in the reclamation requirements are included in the proposed project, the staff report stated.

The state of California has already given its OK to the proposed reclamation plan amendment. “And now, after working with the state, we’re ready to finalize that change to the reclamation plan,” Fogg told the Ojai Valley News.

Since 1939, the site has been used intermittently as a rock quarry.

The original owner, Schmidt Construction, Inc., sold the site to current owner Larry Mosler in 2005.

Between 2008 and 2011, the county issued several notices of violation to Mosler, who subsequently took measures to abate the violations, according to planning staff.

The violations ranged from mining outside of permitted boundaries, exceeding the daily maximum number of truck trips and operating outside of permitted hours, the staff report stated.

In 2017, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors authorized mining operations at the site to continue until 2046.

Ventura County Planning Director Dave Ward will have 40 days to issue a decision on the proposed change to the quarry’s reclamation plan, after he has heard any public input on the item. Ward could approve or deny the project, or approve it with modifications, Fogg said.

Ward’s decision is final unless appealed to the Planning Commission within 10 calendar days.

Thursday’s Planning Director Hearing will be held online to review the case.

To view the hearing via Zoom, follow the link https://ventura-orq-rma.zoom.us/j/87018560940.

Meeting ID is 870 1856 0940.

Password is 434828.

Phone-in access is available at 1-699-900-9128.

The public can also provide written comments by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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 Images from county of Ventura Planning document for the quarry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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