The Montrose County Board of Commissioners will meet on June 17th to discuss the Planning Commission’s recommendation to approve a Special Use permit for Rocky Mountain Aggregate to operate a gravel mining operation south of Highway 550 on T Road. Planning Commissioners met on Thursday and gave the green light to the proposal on a 4-1 vote.
Montrose County Planning Director Steve White says the project area is comprised of 247 acres, 190 acres of which would be used for gravel mining. The project would be approached in phases, with the first phase focusing on mining gravel from a 50 acre area during the course of 10 to 15 years. White acknowledges that if the Special Use permit is granted by Commissioners, there will be no reevaluation and the permit is indefinite as long as mine operators remain in compliance with County Code.
Special Use permits can be revoked if applicants don’t remain incompliance with conditions established by the county of the county’s land use code.
Mine operators may be required to construct a haul road that will shave off the time and distance gravel trucks spend on T Road. White adds that the work in the pit will travel from south to north in phases and that all equipment will be required to be kept out of sight from the highway below a berm within one year of operation. Trucks hauling gravel and rock will be required to operate within existing land code stipulations and will only be allowed to transport material Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Another hot-button issue with some neighbors of the proposed gravel mine is the composition of asphalt on site. White says operators would be allowed to make asphalt on an as needed basis for up to 120 consecutive days a year.