Colorado gravel pit granted permit amid stiff opposition

Kerry Clines

April 27, 2017

Photo: The Pueblo Chieftan.

After much discussion and opposition from the community, the Pueblo County Planning and Development Board voted 5-1 to grant a special-use permit for Fremont Paving to open a 1,500-acre gravel pit operation at Badger Hills in Pueblo County, Colo., The Pueblo Chieftan reports. Opponents say they intend to appeal the decision, and have 10 days to do so. If appealed, the decision would go to the Pueblo County commissioners.

Opponents to the gravel pit have complained about the number of trucks that would travel along 36th Lane to U.S. 50 in front of Vineland Elementary School and Vineland Middle School. They have also voiced environmental concerns about the pit stirring up thick dust.

Fremont Paving has an existing gravel pit on 36th Lane. A private road would connect the existing gravel pit to the new operation, and the haul route from there would continue on 36th Lane.

According to the news agency, John Paul Ary of Fremont Paving said his company is limited to 70 trucks a day from the new site to the existing one, but opponents say more than 200 would be coming out of the pits. 

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