Grand County commissioners approve gravel pit near Granby |

Grand County commissioners approve gravel pit near Granby

Tonya Bina
Sky-Hi Daily News
Grand County, CO Colorado

Grand County commissioners unanimously approved a gravel pit operation on 15 out of 100 acres of property owned by the Pickering Family Trust LLC near the Granby Airport runway.

A few neighbors attended the meeting to comment on the county special use permit that will allow Flinstone Gravel and Trucking Inc. to mine gravel for the next three years as long as owners Ted and Terry Pratt abide by the provisions of the permit as well as a list of 26 conditions attached to the permit.

Primarily, neighbors had concerns about affects to groundwater from the proposed pit, with nearby wetlands on the Boyes family property.

With a stamp of approval from the Army Corps of Engineers that small wetlands in surrounding areas of the operation would not be affected, Pratt assured the board that he would stop operations immediately and move uphill if he were to “get anywhere near water.”

Besides requiring that operations cease if groundwater were to be exposed, county commissioners added a condition to the permit that it incorporate results from an in-depth hydrology study of the Granby mesa area that was conducted three years ago at the time Grand County bought shares into the Vail Ditch.

Air quality and dust control plans were also made part of the Flinstone Gravel special use permit. A large berm, required to be re-vegetated each year until vegetation is established, is also required by both the county and the state to control dust and visual impacts on the west side of the permitted area.

The Colorado Division of Wildlife addressed concerns for elk that frequent the area as part of their winter range habitat. Pratt responded that gravel operations slow to a near stop during the winter.

With a county permit under their belt for the new gravel pit operation, the Pratts now await permitting from the state.

If approved, the pit could be permitted through Jan. 26, 2013, unless a violation occurs, at which time the county or state may consider revoking the permit.