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Oregon Court of Appeals deals setback to Hazeldell Quarry LLC.

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Part of the ubiquitous Oakridge elk herd grazes on private property along Dunning Road adjacent to the proposed major rock quarry. The elk, which are known to frequent the site heavily during calving, were photographed April 16, 2021 Doug Bates/The Herald

By GEORGE CUSTER/Editor  —  The 183-acre parcel of land that sits atop TV Butte is safe, for now at least, from being turned into a rock quarry. The Court of Appeals overturned an earlier Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) decision from earlier this month. The Hazeldell project had been rejected by the Lane County Commissioners in October of 2021 by a vote of 3-2.

LUBA sent the case back to the county over the summer. However, a group known as “Save TV Butte” petitioned the Oregon Court of Appeals to review the decision.

A December opinion by the court ordered that LUBA reconsider, stating county officials correctly relied on Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife testimony about impacts the mine could have on deer and elk.

Mick Garvin, hailed this most recent decision as “great news”. Garvin is a member of the “Save TV Butte” organization.

Attorneys for Hazeldell, however, have said they are committed to continuing to work toward approval of the gravel operation.

The Herald will continue to follow this story as it develops.

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