Ken Johnston, project manager for Las Pilitas Resources, told The Tribune that the appeal has not yet been submitted to the county planning department but will be filed before the Feb. 19 deadline.
The project calls for establishing an aggregate mine on 41 acres of hilly, chaparral-covered land four miles east of Santa Margarita just north of Highway 58. The mine would annually produce as much as 500,000 tons of crushed granite that could be used for road building and other construction work.
The proposed mine has sparked intense controversy in Santa Margarita. When they denied the project, a majority of the planning commissioners cited concerns about traffic and safety associated with the hundreds of daily truck trips through the town that the mine would generate.
The project was the subject of three emotional Planning Commission hearings. Public comment at those hearings ran 2-1 against the mine, said commission Chairman Ken Topping.
Proponents of the project say it would provide an important local source of aggregate for infrastructure projects. It would also provide local jobs and stimulate the economy, they said.