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Gregory Canyon Landfill. California Integrated Waste Management Board Hearing December 14-15, 2004. San Diego County LEA Gary Erbeck, Director. Proposition C. Approved in 1994 by 68% voters: Amended General Plan & Zoning Ordinance All permits other than land use required

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Gregory canyon landfill

Gregory Canyon Landfill

California Integrated Waste Management Board Hearing

December 14-15, 2004

San Diego County LEA

Gary Erbeck, Director


Proposition c

Proposition C

Approved in 1994 by 68% voters:

  • Amended General Plan & Zoning Ordinance

  • All permits other than land use required

  • Required CEQA process

  • LEA became the CEQA lead agency

  • Imposed specific mitigation measures


Proposition b

Proposition B

  • November 2004 ballot measure to repeal Proposition C

  • Defeated by 63% to 37%

  • Proposition C remains in effect

  • A form of public comment


Public participation and eir process

Public Participation and EIR Process

Circulated three drafts for public comment

  • Same distribution and advertisement for all drafts

  • Available in 7 public locations

  • Advertised in Union Tribune

  • Copy with printer for public reproduction

  • Last two drafts on Internet and on CD


Public participation continued

Public Participation continued

  • Extended most comment periods beyond statutory 45 days

  • Two public hearings

    -Both in excess of 3 hours

    -Over 100 people testified at each


Public participation continued1

Public Participation continued

  • Total of 210 days of public review was provided for all drafts of EIR

  • Nearly 600 comment letters/testimony from individuals and agencies on all versions

  • LEA and County Counsel spent 2,124 hours spent on EIR


Public participation continued2

Public Participation continued

  • LEA Director certified Final EIR February 6, 2003

  • CIWMB staff concurs that CEQA findings are sufficient and supported by record.


Permit development

Permit Development

  • Crafted to protect public health and safety

  • Reflects LEA permitting & lead agency roles Consistent with Public Resource Code and Titles 14 & 27

  • Worked closely with other regulatory agencies to address permitting issues

  • CH2MHill hired to assist LEA in permit development

  • Organized permit by phases for better management of mitigation measures


Permit development continued

Permit Development continued

  • 243 site specific conditions associated with:

    - pre-construction & construction landfill operations

    - closure design and activities

    -post closure monitoring & maintenance

  • Ensures enforceability of 188 mitigation measures adopted in Final EIR

  • All issues raised were considered and resolved.

  • Close coordination with CIWMB staff


Permit development continued1

Permit Development continued

  • LEA completed proposed permit on June 2, 2004 and submitted to CIWMB staff

  • CIWMB staff report indicates no technical or regulatory issues remain

  • LEA and County Counsel spent 1,290 hours on permit development

  • Total of 3,414 hours spent on project


Other permitting agencies

Other Permitting Agencies

  • San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board

  • US Army Corps of Engineers

  • US Fish & Wildlife and State Fish & Game

  • Caltrans and other State agencies

  • County of San Diego

    Review permits and modify JTD and Permit

    as necessary


Lea implementation plan

LEA Implementation Plan

  • LEA will hire one or more consultants to assist in oversight of Project

  • Oversee specialty reports and studies of biologists, archaeologist, noise specialist, etc.

  • Regular meetings with regulatory agencies

  • Enforce State minimum standards and all permit conditions


Benefits analysis

Benefits Analysis

  • Technical review of drafts by County departments

  • October 2003 Final Benefit Analysis

  • Includes:

    - permitted capacity

    - economic benefits

    - increase in tax revenues

    - consistency with County/State policies


Benefits analysis public participation

Benefits Analysis Public Participation

  • Beyond CEQA requirements

  • Benefits Analysis posted on website and invited comments

  • Comments were also posted

  • LEA staff report posted on website

  • Invited comments and posted on website

  • Posted rebuttal comment on website


Benefits analysis continued

Benefits Analysis continued

Package given to LEA Director, including:

  • Benefits Analysis

  • Initial public comments

  • LEA staff report

  • Both rounds of subsequent comments

  • Rebuttal comment


Benefits analysis continued1

Benefits Analysis continued

Other documents reviewed by Director:

  • Final EIR

  • Staff report on Final EIR

  • 1996 County Integrated Waste Management Plan including Siting Element

  • 2003 Draft Siting Element


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San Diego County Landfill Disposal Capacity with New & Expanded Landfills(Based on Annual Permitted Disposal Tons)

Obtained from Draft Siting Element


Decision making process by gary erbeck director of lea

Decision Making Process by Gary ErbeckDirector of LEA


Gregory canyon landfill 1216413

San Diego County Landfill Disposal Capacity with New & Expanded Landfills(Based on Annual Permitted Disposal Tons)

Obtained from Draft Siting Element


Legal issues

LEGAL ISSUES

Mark Mead, CEQA Legal Counsel

Rod Lorang, LEA Legal Counsel


Summary

Summary

  • Project includes all feasible mitigation:

    • CEQA, Proposition C, LEA, other Agencies

  • Project meets all CIWMB requirements

  • No unresolved technical, regulatory, or mitigation issues

  • Benefits of landfill outweighs identified unmitigated impacts

  • Votes on Propositions C and B support this project


Statement of overriding considerations

Statement of Overriding Considerations

  • Assist County in meeting 15 years capacity

  • Implement Policy 2.2 of Siting Element

  • Help implement Siting Element by providing capacity without relying on exportation

  • Added landfill capacity in North County

  • Select area where disposal facilities proposed to meet 15 years of capacity


Soc modifications

SOC Modifications

  • Proposed liner system may set new and higher standard

  • GCL will contribute $1 Million for safety improvement on SR 76

  • Landfill will generate economic benefits


San diego county landfill disposal permitted capacity with additional diversion

San Diego County Landfill Disposal Permitted Capacitywith Additional Diversion

50%

55%

65%

75%

Obtained from Draft Siting Element


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