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

Obtained from Draft Siting Element

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

Obtained from Draft Siting Element

legal issues

Mark Mead, CEQA Legal Counsel

Rod Lorang, LEA Legal Counsel

  • 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





Obtained from Draft Siting Element