- Court: Oregon Court of Appeals
- Area(s) of Law: Land Use
- Date Filed: 04-04-2012
- Case #: A149819
- Judge(s)/Court Below: Sercombe, J. for the Court; Ortega, P.J.; and Hadlock, J.
- Full Text Opinion
Protect Grand Island Farms (PGIF) sought judicial review of a final order of the Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) affirming a Yamhill County ordinance adding 224.5 acres to its inventory of mineral and aggregate resources under Statewide Planning Goal 5. PGIF argued that the site should not have been included because the “average thickness of the aggregate layer within the mining area” did not exceed 25 feet as required by OAR 660-023-0180(3)(d)(B)(ii). PGIF contended that the county and LUBA improperly applied the rule by treating two distinct aggregate layers that were separated by a layer of clay as a single layer. The Court found that because the rule permits the destruction of farmland for mining where the depth of the aggregate is substantial, it made no sense to prevent mining of a deep deposit of aggregate merely because it also contained areas of non-aggregate. Affirmed.