City Council Moorpark 10/16/13

Moorparkcc10-16-13By Debra Tash

At their October 16th 2013 meeting, discount with a room packed with residents (photo-L),   Moorpark’s City Council moved item 9A up on the agenda, a workshop concerning the City’s appeal of the Grimes Rock permit renewal.

On June 27th 2013 the Ventura County Planning Commission approved the renewal of Grimes Rock, Inc.’s Conditional Use Permit (CUP).  Moorpark concluded that the County had ignored the City’s concerns over the expansion of Grimes Rock’s mining operation at its 3500 Grimes Rd, facility. The City filed an appeal of the Commission’s approval.  The matter will now go before the Ventura County’s Board of Supervisors.

Joseph Vacca from Moorpark’s staff started the workshop with a short PowerPoint presentation.  The permit renewal expands the mining operation from 2013 to 2040 and the company’s site from to 164 to 231 acres.  It would also will increase the amount of material removed from the site from 952,000 to 1.8 million tons per year.  Grimes would be allowed to operate on Saturdays for a total of six days a week, 24 hours per day.  They get to escalate their one way truck trips from 300 to 600 per day with an average of 460 per day.  The company was granted a second access road through the old Egg City property.  Finally, they were given the green light to use Walnut Canyon Road, which was prohibited under their current permit issued in 1998.

The floor was then open for Public Comment.  Most supported the City’s appeal noting the increased truck traffic on Los Angeles Ave. and the safety of school children.  Heidi Best, a resident, stated: “I am here to say I appreciate our city council is doing.”  Roseann Stevenson, an environmental law attorney and also a resident, said, “They don’t have a right to develop to any size they want.”  Ms. Stevenson passed out petitions for those who cannot attend the upcoming Board of Supervisor’s hearing.  It supports the City’s effort and claims the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) fails to meet the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requirements.

Dale Whitaker spoke against the City’s appeal, stating, “I really don’t have a problem with truck traffic through Moorpark.  What I do have a problem with is having my elected officials using my tax dollars to attack an on-going business.”

Gary Becker also disapproved of the City’s action, saying, “I feel we are doing an injustice to restrict truck traffic…All the truck traffic is by demand…the customers calling them.”

Mayor Parvin asked Mr. Becker, “Did you see anywhere that we are trying to close these?”  She also said, “I think what we are trying to achieve is a proper accurate EIR.”  Becker countered, “One and a half mines have been closed or curtailed.”  He was referring in part to the closure and revoking of the Best Rock CUP by Ventura County early this year.

The Grimes Rock permit renewal will be heard this coming Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013, tentatively set for 2pm, by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors.

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Debra Tash is Editor-in-Chief of Citizensjournal.us, past president for Citizens Alliance for Property Rights, business executive and award-winning author, residing in Somis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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