Link to Planning documents,  Draft EIR, etc. for Oster/Las Pilitas Quarry Conditional Use Permit   We recommend referring to this San Luis Obispo County Department of Planning and Building website for accurate project information.  While the project applicant does have a Q and A page on their website, quite a bit of the information is at odds with the official information contained within the county records.  The county's website also includes EIR proposals, scoping comment letters, agency NOP’s, applicant provided studies, and more.  
There were more than 200 scoping letter comments from concerned residents and neighbors. Scroll to scoping comments to review their content.  

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Of Deep Pits and Deeper Pockets  (SLO Tribune opinion piece by Joe Tartica - Sunday Feb. 8, 2015

Proposed Quarry near Santa Margarita Rejected  by David Sneed (SLO Tribune) Feb. 5, 2015 re: Planning Commission decision

Rock Fight Round 1 (Jono Kinkade's (SLONewTimes) article covering the Dec. 11, 2014 Planning Commissionl Hearing

Quarry Quarrel (December 11, 2014 Planning Commission Hearing) by Jono Kinkade

How to Manufacture Asphalt on Rural Lands by Colin Rigley

Moving Mountains by Kathy Johnston

Proposed Quarry Upsets Santa Margaritans by Kathy Johnston

Quarry Quandary by Colin Rigby

Hillside Hijinks and More by S.H. Redder

Proposed Quarry Elicits Protest in Santa Margarita by Bob Cuddy

Hodin on Benchmark Resources   by New Times Editorial cartoonist Russell Hodin  

Quarry Bids Go Out Again by Colin Rigley

Supporters Blast Delay on Quarry in San Luis Obispo County by Bob Cuddy

Debate Heats Up Over Santa Margarita Rock Quarry by Nancy Chen - KSBY

Proposed Quarry Stirs Up More Controversy by Bob Cuddy

Consultant Search Slows Quarry  by Bob Cuddy

New EIR Bids Considered  by Bob Cuddy

Tenacious Neighbors Delay Quarry in Santa Margarita  by Bob Cuddy

New firm selected to conduct EIR  by Bob Cuddy

Board of Supes approves contract with URS to start EIR  by Bob Cuddy

July 4th, 2011 Letters to the Editor @ Tribune

Fatal gravel truck crash in Santa Barbara August 24, 2010

Cyclist killed in collision with double belly dump

Quarry blast sends 82lb rock into a residence 1/4 mile away

Riverside Planning Commission denies Liberty Quarry application 8/31/11

Judge rules Roblar Quarry EIR is inadequate

Understated Project Description prompts rejection of EIR

Quarry blasting   Glacier Northwest promised residents that it's proposal to blast for hard rock at its Snoqualmie, Washington gravel pit would be practically without noise, dust and damage to any underlying aquifers.  Problems they've had suggest otherwise.   

This Ojai Valley News article references an e-mail from Dick Pool of Associated Traffic Engineers (ATE) to Caltrans seeking support for a rock quarry.  ATE is the traffic analysis subcontracor for URS Corportation, the firm preparing the EIR for the Oster/Las Pilitas Quarry.

A Rock and a Hard Place by Matt Fountain (New Times)

Letters to the Editor re: A Rock and a Hard Place article. These were published. We received a number of others from folks who informed us their letters were not published.    

Text of Viewpoint by Margarita Proud published in SLOTribune in May 3, 2015. 


What is a  Conditional Use Permit?   

What is an Environmental Impact Report (EIR)?   


Tips for making effective EIR comment

Truth Update for Liberty Quarry proposal in Temecula, Ca.   fact checks many similar talking points being used by Oster/Las Pilitas Quarry applicants. 

SLO County Planning and Building Fee Schedule

Strip/Surface Mining defined

Public Participation in CEQA 

Resource Links from CalAware website   CalAware supports and defends open government, an inquiring press, and a citizenry free to exchange facts and opinions.  

Wikipedia on Salinas River  

Salinas River - the "Upside Down River"

Ca. 58-SLO County east images

Upper Salinas River Watershed Action Plan

Salinas River Trail

Dreaming the Salinas

Caltrans District 5 Bicycle Guide

Salinas River Bridge - Structure number 49 0237

Photo of historic 1914 Salinas River bridge

SLO County How to use LUE and LUO System  "The reason that you are unlikely to see a concrete batch plant next to your house is because of the regulations contained in the Land Use Ordinance (LUO)".   (pg. 3 of this 1/1/2006 SLO Dept. of Planning and Building publication)

SLO County Permit Types and Commonly Used Definitions

LUO Table 2-2 Permit Requirements by Land Use Category

Making requests for public information explained

Exemptions from California Public Records Act explained

Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund

Community Choice Aggregation

San Luis Obispo Community Foundation

Environmental Defense Fund

Local Energy Aggregation Network (LEAN)

Stop the Trucks Coalition of Ojai.  Photos and documentation about the fight to limit gravel truck traffic on Hwy. 33.


CSA 23 - Water to Santa Margarita.  There are 11 County Service Areas in San Luis Obispo County. 

Santa Margarita Area Advisory Council (SMAAC)                   
Advisory Council Handbook pdf  outlining the role of an Advisory Council.  This Handbook also contains the Resolution by Board of Supervisors defining role and requirements of an advisory council.  
Community Advisory Council Training Manual pdf

San Luis Obispo County Community Advisory Council Handbook

Visit Santa Margarita

Santa Margarita Beautiful

Santa Margarita Historical Society

Santa Margarita Community Forestry

Santa Margarita CDF Station 40 - Parkhill Rd.  

Santa Margarita Fire Protection District

Cal-Fire website

Santa Margarita Volunteer Fire Department

Fire Safe Council - San Luis Obispo County    includes Santa Margarita chipping events, clearing guidelines,  and other information

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