Q:  There has been a decrease in truck traffic recently, what changed?

 A:  On February 15, 2019, the County of Santa Clara issued a Notice of Violation ordering Stevens Creek Quarry to immediately cease any importation, processing and resale of aggregate material from offsite mined lands.  

Q.  Could truck traffic resume? 

A:  It is possible truck traffic will resume.  However, Stevens Creek Quarry must submit a use permit application for county review and approval prior to work.  

 

In the Summer of 2018, Lehigh began an effort to widen an existing fire access road between their quarry and the Stevens Creek Quarry.  In August 2018, the Santa Clara County Planning Department issued a Notice of Violation to Lehigh and directed Lehigh to stop widening efforts and prohibited Lehigh from using the access road for the transportation of materials.  With this access road no longer available, Lehigh and Stevens Creek Quarry began transporting the materials over City streets.  This has caused increased truck traffic on Stevens Creek and Foothill Boulevards.

A neighborhood meeting regarding this issues was held on December 19, 2018.  The City, in coordination with Lehigh Quarry, Stevens Creek Quarry and County, is exploring options to minimize traffic impacts in the area. This page has been created to provide regular updates to the residents regarding on-going coordination efforts.  

We encourage interested parties to subscribe to the “NOTIFY ME” service located on the right of this page in order to be notified immediately each time this page is updated.

Any questions regarding these updates or to contact the City with questions and/or concerns can be referred to the Acting Director of Public Works, Roger Lee, at (408) 777-3354 or rogerl@cupertino.org.

A list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding this project can be found at the right of this page.

UPCOMING MEETINGS    

No meetings scheduled at this time.

UPCOMING DATES

May 15, 2019 –The public is invited to submit written comments on the proposed renewal Title V operating permit for Lehigh Southwest Cement Company.  The notice inviting written public comments can be found on The Bay Area Air Quality Management Districts (BAAQMD) website. Written comments must be received by May 15, 2019.  Interested parties may sign up for weekly email notifications from BAAQMD at http://www.baaqmd.gov/contact-us/sign-up-for-information

UPDATE 3/12/19

On February 28th, 2019, the County of Santa Clara held a public information meeting regarding Lehigh.  The meeting video can be viewed here

UPDATE 2/21/19

At the February 21st Housing, Land Use, Environment, and Transportation Committee (HLUET) meeting of the County, Jacqueline R. Onciano, Director, Dept. of Planning and Development presented a staff report to the committee. The staff report included information that Stevens Creek Quarry was issued a Notice of Violation dated February 15th. The Notice of Violation states among many other requirements that Stevens Creek Quarry is to cease all trucking of materials from Lehigh. Director Onciano also stated that Lehigh had submitted a February 20th request to rescind their reclamation plan amendment dated November 9, 2018 relative to the construction of new haul road. In doing so, Lehigh is indicating that they do not wish to build the alternate haul road. Director Onciano additionally stated that the County is currently waiting for Lehigh to resubmit a new/revised reclamation plan amendment for the existing road that was graded w/o permits last summer. Once received, the County will process the application to determine its completeness. The County staff report for the February 21st HLUET meeting is in the “County of Santa Clara Department of Planning and Development Documents” below along with the County Notice of Violation” to Stevens Creek Quarry. The email from Lehigh to the County asking for the recension of the reclamation plan is included under “Lehigh Hanson Documents” below.

UPDATE 1/14/19
City had phone conversation with Supervisor Joseph Simitian on 1/16/19 regarding ongoing issues. Supervisor Simitian heard the City’s concerns and expressed confidence regarding County staffs’ ability to navigate the complexities of the minor reclamation plan amendment made by Lehigh. Supervisor Simitian did commit to responding to the letter sent to his attention December 10, 2018 from the City Manager of Cupertino. City asked that upcoming County meetings regarding any Lehigh issue be forwarded to City and that meetings be clearly posted on the County’s website so that residents may attend.

UPDATE 1/7/19
City staff met with Lehigh (Erika Guerra) and Stevens Creek Quarry (Jason Voss) on 1/7/19 as a follow up to the December 19, 2018 community meeting. City told that the number of trucks running had decreased from 40 to 27. City received letter of proposed voluntary measures from Lehigh on January 9th (this document is posted below under Lehigh Hanson Documents). City told that trucks that are equipped with automatic tarp covers will begin covering their loads. City has not received an update as to how many trucks have this tarp equipment.

DOCUMENTS

City Documents:

January 31, 2019:   Letter to County Planning 

December 19, 2018: Neighborhood Meeting Agenda

    Questions and Answers

    Maps Used During Presentation

December 10, 2018: Letter to Supervisor Joseph Simitian

November 19, 2018: General Notice Posted on City Webpage

County of Santa Clara Department of Planning and Development Documents:

February 21, 2019: Video of Santa Clara County Housing, Land Use, Environment, and Transportation

February 25, 2019: Notice of Violation and Public Nuisance 

February 21, 2019: County of Santa Clara HLUET Meeting Agenda

August 17, 2018:  Notice of Violation

February 8, 2011: Lehigh Vested Rights Map

Lehigh Hanson Documents 

March 25, 2019:  Revised Utility Road Reclamation Plan Amendment

February 20, 2019:  Email to County from Lehigh Rescinding the RPA

February 5, 2019:  Letter to County in response to City letter dated January 31, 2019

 January 9, 2019:  Proposed voluntary measures in response to the December 19, 2018 Meeting

  (Note that the City is currently evaluating this letter.)

November 2018: Minor Reclamation Plan Amendment  & Application Forms

October 31 2018: Follow Up to the August 17, 2018 Notice of Violation           

Stevens Creek Quarry (SCQ) Documents

March 7, 2019  Response to Notice of Violation

 February 5, 2019: Letter to County in response to City letter dated January 31, 2019

 No documents received as of January 10, 2019.

Regional Water Quality Control Board Documents

March 15, 2019: Report of December 7, 2018, Inspection and Notice of Violation

November 8, 2018: Water Board letter to Stevens Creek Quarry

 (Note that the City had added highlights for emphasis. These highlights were not included in the original document.)