AVONDALE, Colo. - Plans for a controversial gravel pit in Pueblo County are approved.
It's been about 20 years in the making and the Pueblo County Planning Commission voted 5 to 1 to allow the gravel pit to break ground in Avondale.
The roughly 1,500-acre gravel pit is being put in by Fremont Paving and Redi-Mix east of 40th Lane and south of Olson Road.
"Well I'm happy, after 17 years, my husband wanted his kids to have that pasture of gravel and I'm glad they will finally get it," owner of part of the land where the pit will go, Nancy Pritekel said.
While Pritekel is happy the pit is approved after about 20 years and a couple of denied applications, people opposed still aren't happy about the decision.
One of the opposition's biggest issues with the gravel pit was the 70 trucks that will be traveling 36th Lane every day.
"It's a real sad day, it's a sad day for our farmers, it's a sad day for our ranchers. I mean this has caused a division in the community like you wouldn't believe," Pueblo County Aggregate Opposition Committee Chairwoman Wendi Kern said.
Fremont Paving and Redi-Mix tried to address issues the opposition brought up through making concessions throughout the hearing process, like downsizing the number of trucks that would be hauling every day from 200 to 70.
"I think the project we have today is a better-designed project than what we proposed 20 years ago," owner of Fremont Paving and Redi-Mix, John Ary said.
Ary said the project will break ground in the next several months.
The opposition committee also told us they plan on appealing the application to the Pueblo County Commissioners. The group has 10 days to appeal it. From there the board will decide to either accept the appeal or not. If the appeal is accepted, the entire proposal will again need to be debated and decided.