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Liberty Quarry Hits a Roadblock

Granite Construction’s plans for its Liberty Quarry site near Temecula, Calif., took a major hit when the Riverside County Planning Commission denied a mining permit and other items needed to move forward on the project. The five-member commission voted 4-1 to reject the permit and a noise ordinance exemption for the quarry, according to a report in The Press-Enterprise. Commissioners also voted to recommend the county Board of Supervisors not approve a zoning change for the quarry, sought for six years for a 414-acre site between Temecula and the San Diego County line, because it determined the quarry's negatives outweighed its benefits. The commission took no action on whether to certify the quarry's 8,500-page environmental impact report. Gary Johnson, Granite Construction's aggregate resource development manager, said after the two-hour meeting that he was "very disappointed" with the vote and his company would appeal the denials to supervisors.