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County planning commission will hear gravel pit application again

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At its April 24 meeting, the Delta County Planning Commission attempted to hear a specific development application to the county for Best Rock, Sand & Gravel Pit 1, owned by Jared Graff Enterprises. The proposed project is expected to extend over a 50-year period.

The county planning department is required to notify all property owners who may be affected by a project such as Best Rock, Sand & Gravel Pit 1, to give those property owners an opportunity to provide comment during the planning commission meeting at which the application is being considered. Comments may also be submitted in writing.

Elyse Casselberry, county community and economic development director, explains that several adjacent property owners attended the April 24 meeting but had not received the notification required by the specific development regulations and therefore were not prepared to comment on the application.

City of Delta has an intergovernmental agreement with Delta County which entitles City of Delta to comment on impacts to the City's property by a given project.

Casselberry says that the proper notifications and packets of information about the gravel pit project have now been provided to all affected property owners, along with notification of the second hearing on the application.

Second Hearing

The Planning Commission will hear again the application for Best Rock, Sand & Gravel Pit l, as well as comments from affected property owners and City of Delta, Wednesday, May 22, 5:30 p.m., in Room 234 of the Delta County Courthouse, 501 Palmer Street.

The Specific Development Best Rock, Sand & Gravel Pit 1 is the seventh item on the agenda.

It is important that interested community members understand the process for applications submitted under county specific development regulations.

An application submitted under county specific development regulations is a two-step process.

First, the applicant appears before the planning commission, which identifies all the issues that must be addressed and how the issues will be addressed. Having completed that step satisfactorily with the planning commission, the applicant appears before the Board of County Commissioners, which determines whether the applicant may proceed to the second step, entering into a development agreement with the county to carry out the project.

If the commissioners decide that the agreement may be handled administratively, the applicant works with the planning staff to prepare the development agreement. If the county commissioners require planning commission approval, the applicant works with planning staff to prepare a development agreement on which the planning commission will hold a hearing, and approve or require additional amendments to meet approval.

Whether the development agreement is approved by planning staff or the planning commission, the applicant then returns to the county commissioners for approval, amendment, of denial of the development agreement.

After the development agreement has been approved by the county commissioners, the applicant may begin the project.

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