Granite Quarry Construction

Granite Construction is proposing a new quarry on 333 acres in the foothills northeast of Gonzales. It would operate for the next 113 years. Included in the project is an aggregate open pit mine (using explosives to blast hillsides away), a hot asphalt plant, a Portland cement plant, and asphalt and concrete recycling facilities.

LandWatch Position: Reviewed, No Position Taken
Project Status: Approved

Quick Facts

  • The proposal for the quarry is by Granite Construction.
  • The proposal converts 333 acres of grazing land to an open pit mine and extends the operation for 113 additional years.
  • The County of Monterey is the Lead Agency.
  • The project is governed by the Monterey County General Plan from 1982.

Project Status

  • The County issued a Conditional Permit on April 30, 2006.
  • The Monterey County Planning Commission has approved the project, but a citizens group called “Preserve Our Valley” has appealed this approval to the Monterey County Board of Supervisors.
  • The appeal was denied.

Project Location Map

This map shows the location
of the granite quarry site.

Full Size Map (82K PDF)
Credit: County of Monterey Finding of Facts (August 2006)

Resources at Risk

  • Increased Traffic
    The project would add 2,122 additional vehicle trips per day to Highway 101.
  • Land Conversion
    The project would convert 333 acres of grazing land to an open pit mine.

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