On Monday, September 19, 2016, Judge Paul M. Haakenson of the Superior Court of California, County of Marin, issued his decision in the case of Point San Pedro Road Coalition v. County of Marin and the San Rafael Rock Quarry. He ruled that the County’s approval in 2013, and again in 2015, of a quarrying permit amendment allowing the Quarry to import used asphalt for recycling was an improper expansion of the Quarry’s nonconforming use. The Coalition had asked the court to overturn that approval, and the court agreed.
To understand the ruling, it is necessary to understand some background about the San Rafael Rock Quarry and its quarry zoning and permit history. A comprehensive summary of that history can be found in the Coalition website’s Quarry section on the Quarry’s 2013 permit amendment. The full text of this Court ruling can be found here.