At the June 11 meeting of the Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved a Special Development application for Best Rock Sand & Gravel Pit 1 as recommended by the County Planning Commission.
The property is located at 6450 Graff Road in Delta.
The application is for a sand and gravel mining operation, to produce construction materials such as road base, concrete and asphalt. The entire operation will exist on land currently owned by applicant, Jared Graff Enterprises located roughly one-half mile west of Delta city limits and adjacent to Confluence Park.
Located between the Gunnison River, the Uncompaghre River and the Union Pacific Railroad, the site is currently being used to grow alfalfa and corn. A small private airstrip, residence and agricultural structures are located in the central portion of the site.
The anticipated mine life will be roughly 50 years. The first roughly 20 years will be confined entirely to the west pit. Agricultural activities will continue to take place on all areas of the property until mining reaches them.
Delta public works/utilities director Betsy Suerth said city representatives have been working with the applicant and project engineer Ben Langenfeld in examining the sewer line location and determining mitigation measures to protect a nearby sewer line.
Regarding concerns by the City of Delta, Langenfeld said he wanted to clarify that the distance between Pit 1 and Confluence Park, as far as protecting park experiences is concerned, is 1,000 feet, not 2,000 feet. Suerth agreed with the 1,000 feet application.
As to traffic, at full production (200,000 tons a year) the traffic will consist of approximately 20 trucks and 15 employee and contractor vehicles per day. This assumes the trucks will all be 13.5-ton capacity highway trucks. Using larger trucks would reduce those numbers. One hundred percent of truck traffic will use county and city roads prior to turning on U.S. Highway 50.
No one spoke in favor or in opposition to the application.
Commissioner Don Suppes noted that the county won't see all the impacts of BRS&G Pit 1, but the City of Delta will. He encouraged the applicant to see that the needs of the city are met promptly.