40.240.270 Resource Enhancement Projects

A.    Applications for resource enhancement projects must describe the goals and benefits of the proposed enhancement project. They must also thoroughly document the condition of the resource before and after the proposed enhancement project.

B.    In addition to other guidelines that protect scenic, cultural, recreation, and natural resources, quarry enhancement projects shall comply with the following guidelines:

1.    Application Requirements. In addition to other applicable requirements, land use applications for quarry enhancement projects shall include perspective drawings of the site as seen from key viewing areas as specified in Section 40.240.800(B)(15) and a reclamation plan that provides all the applicable information specified in Sections 40.240.800(A)(6)(a) through (e), except: (a) the words “pre-reclamation” and “post-reclamation” should replace the words “pre-mining” and “post-mining,” respectively, and (b) the appropriate state agency or local government does not have to approve the reclamation plan.

2.    Scenic Resource Standard. Quarry enhancement projects shall restore the site to a natural appearance that blends with and emulates surrounding landforms to the maximum extent practicable.

3.    Natural Resource Standard. Sites shall be replanted using native plants found in the landscape setting or eco-region to the maximum extent practicable.

4.    Time Frames. The following time frames shall apply to quarry enhancement projects:

a.    All grading (e.g., excavating, filling and re-contouring) shall be completed within one (1) year of the date an applicant begins on-the-ground work.

b.    All landscaping shall be planted within one (1) year of the date an applicant completes the grading.

c.    An applicant may request one (1) one (1) year extension to the one year grading time frame if a project is unexpectedly delayed by adverse weather or emergency/disaster. Such requests shall be considered an administrative action. An applicant shall submit such a request to the reviewing agency after grading has commenced and before the one (1) year grading time frame has expired.

d.    An applicant may also request one (1) six (6) month extension to the one (1) year landscaping time frame if a project is unexpectedly delayed by adverse weather or emergency/disaster. Such requests shall be considered an administrative action. An applicant shall submit such a request to the reviewing agency after landscaping has commenced and before the one (1) year landscaping time frame has expired.

(Amended: Ord. 2006-05-04)