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Quarry Project Overview

A Brief Overview

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Citizens Advocating for Roblar Rural Quality / Citizens Against Roblar Rock Quarry (CARRQ), formed more than 20 years ago when people living along Roblar Road and the neighboring areas banded together to stop the development of  a gravel mine on the Roblar Ranch.  The group has always fought to preserve and protect the agricultural land, natural resources and rural residences in the Roblar area.   In 1986 and 1988, developers proposed that the project site beside the County's closed, unlined and uncapped landfill be developed as a quarry and submitted applications for approval of the project.  CARRQ fought against these two projects: the first proposal was withdrawn by the developer and the second proposal was denied by the Board of Supervisors in 1990.  We opposed those projects for the same reasons we continue to oppose the quarry today!  

We are concerned about contaminants in the old, closed county landfill damaging our water resources during the quarry's operation.  We know the addition of 200 to 400 gravel trucks per day traveling on our roads over the next 20+ years will impact people's health and safety, affect our air and water quality and will damage roads beyond the County's ability to repair them.  We know natural resources (creeks, plants and animals) in the area will be affected forever, despite the developer's reclamantion plans.  We know the cumulative impact to our area of adding a new quarry next door to the old, closed landfill, just over the hill from the currently-operating Mecham landfill, and just a few miles west of the existing Stony Point quarry is unfair to people who live, work and travel in this scenic area.

Why is the Current Fight Worse Than Before?

The developers who filed the first two applications to open the quarry on Roblar Road did not have the financial resources to pay for the road improvements and other mitigations the County required that the current property owners, John and Andrea Barella, have.  At the time the Barella's filed their application with the County to build the quarry, they owned North Bay Construction, one of the largest construction companies in our area.  The Barella's purchased the quarry site and an additional 758 acres next to it.  In 2002, the Barella's applied to the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District (SCAPOSD) for a conservation easement on the 758 acres to preserve it from development.  With encouragement from former supervisor Mike Kerns, the SCAPOSD paid the Barella's $2.3 million for the conservation easement in 2004, even though they knew a quarry was going to be developed right next door!  Thus began the tangled issue of the use of taxpaid Open Space land to benefit a private business, and the ultimate approval of the quarry project by the Board of Supervisors/Open Space Directors (the same people!!) in December 2010 before pro-quarry supervisors Kerns and Kelley retired two weeks later.

The Fight Continues!

CARRQ is continuing to fight the development of the quarry through legal actions and through collaboration with larger groups and other non-profits who are also working to protect and preserve our agricultural land.  We still have a lot of work to do to win our lawsuits.  If we don't prevail, the County says there are more than 180 Conditions of Approval that must be met and monitored for the quarry to operate.  We know the County does not have the will or resources to monitor all the conditions and we distrust the quarry operator's "self-monitoring" of many of the them.