QUARRY REJECTED

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors on Thursday rejected the Liberty Quarry project proposed for Temecula's southern border.

March 2007: Anti-quarry activists organize a large, orange-clad crowd to spell out “No Quarry” on a field in a Temecula sports park. The formation is visible from the air. March 2007: The Temecula City Council takes the first steps toward annexing the quarry site. If successful, the annexation would enact zoning on the site that would prohibit open-pit mines. 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Jan. 30:

2005: Watsonville-based Granite Construction proposes
Liberty Quarry for a 414-acre site south of Temecula and west of Interstate 15. Opposition soon begins to mount.

2005

2006

2007

June 2009: After a daylong hearing in Riverside attended

by hundreds, a boundary-setting panel rejects Temecula’s annexation bid. A smaller annexation that puts the city line right next to the proposed quarry is eventually approved. study on the quarry is released. Paid for by Granite and reviewed by Riverside County planners, the study concluded that the quarry would have “significant and unavoidable” impacts on traffic and air quality, but pollution and truck-filled roads would occur if the project were never built.

April 2011: Riverside County’s Planning Commission August 2011: The commission votes 4-1 to deny the

holds the first of what will be six hearings on the quarry. The panel heard nearly 52 hours of public testimony.

July 2009: The first draft of an 8,500-page environmental

quarry a surface mining permit and other approvals. The rejection becomes official in December, allowing Granite to appeal the decision. that would effectively kill the quarry. The legislation backed by the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians remains in limbo.

Supervisors hold the first of three hearings on the quarry.

Thursday:

August 2011: A bill comes before the state Legislature

Supervisors vote 3-2 to reject Granite's appeal.
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