I have lived in Santa Margarita for 16 years. I moved here because it’s a quiet, beautiful little town.
I’m very concerned about the proposed Las Pilitas Quarry, which, if it is approved, will certainly destroy the whole character of our residential community.
Every day for up to the next 58 years, 273 double gravel trucks, with up to 800 at times for large projects, could be continuously rumbling through town, passing the elementary school, turning our town into little more than an industrial gravel truck and service corridor for an un-needed third quarry.
A current proposal by Las Pilitas Resources LLC seeks to permit a large-scale industrial hard rock quarry and an asphalt and concrete crushing facility just east of town on property fronting the Salinas River. The Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) is currently available for public review and comment with the deadline for comments being June 5. This proposal sets the stage for Santa Margarita to define the things we value. It’s really pretty simple: Do we place more value on the rural character of our quaint village or the special interests of a few individuals expecting to profit?