Some Edgewood residents are worried that activity on a piece of property proposed for an asphalt batch plant last year means they’ll have to take up the fight again.

Some Edgewood residents are worried that activity on a piece of property proposed for an asphalt batch plant last year means they’ll have to take up the fight again.

Siskiyou County’s Deputy Director of Planning Greg Plucker said the Eagle Peak Rock & Paving project’s indefinite continuance is still in effect and he’s not aware that any studies have been initiated, though planner Eihnard Diaz, who is representing Kiewit Infrastructure West, confirmed there is “some biological work being done, but nothing earth shattering.”

Diaz said there are no plans to bring anything regarding the proposed project to the Siskiyou County Planning Commission anytime soon.

In April 2012, Kiewit requested an indefinite continuance for the asphalt plant project after several Edgewood residents expressed concerns regarding negative environmental and health effects from having the plant in their neighborhood. At the time, the Friends of Edgewood group said they wanted the Planning Commission to require a full Environmental Impact Report rather than the Mitigated Negative Declaration originally recommended by the Planning Department.

According to the original project plans, the asphalt plant would be located on a nearly 17 acre parcel at the intersection of Edgewood Road and Slough Road between the Weed Airport and the Shasta River.

The parcel, 230 feet from the nearest residence and within a mile of Butteville Elementary, is currently zoned heavy industrial. If the proposed asphalt plant was approved, Eagle Peak would purchase the property.

The land was the site of an asphalt batch plant for about a year in the 1990s.

After a community meeting in Edgewood and at least two well-attended hearings before the county Planning Commission in the spring of 2012, Kiewit requested the project’s application be put on hold indefinitely.

“Our request is based on the need to undertake additional studies and evaluations prompted by the written and verbal public and planning commission member comments,” wrote Diaz in a letter to Plucker on April 4, 2012. “Many people, regardless of position with respect to the project, have taken the time to express concerns and raise issues which, my clients and I wholeheartedly agree merit being addressed. To do so, we need additional time to have studies and evaluations completed, presented to staff for review, revised as necessary, and then made available for public review. Undertaking these studies and evaluations may result in the project being revised to address and mitigate issues through project redesign and/or operations.”

For more about Friends of Edgewood, go to friendsofedgewood.com.

For Planning Department documents regarding the proposed project, go to co.siskiyou.ca.us.

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