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Plans for Teichert plant slowed by economy

By: Gus Thomson Gold Country News Service
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Teichert’s plans for aggregate production near Lincoln are being slowed by a slump in building in Placer County. The Placer County Planning Commission has approved a two-year extension on the Sacramento-based aggregate and road-construction business’s conditional use permit to develop and open its mining and aggregate plant approximately 4 miles north of Lincoln. Teichert Aggregate project manager Troy Reimche said that while the privately held business is continuing to proceed on conditions of approval associated with the project, the target date for opening a plant is now contingent on improvement in the construction economy locally. “We would rather open the project at a time when the economy is a little better,” Reimche said. “We’re committed to the project.” Teichert revised its project several times in the late 1990s and early 2000s before the county Board of Supervisors approved a use permit that was to expire this year. Teichert’s application to the planning board was approved on a 5-0 vote Sept. 4 with recommendations from municipal advisory committees in rural Lincoln and Sheridan in favor of the extension. The Teichert proposal had initially been challenged by rural Lincoln-area grassroots group Western Placer Citizens for an Agricultural and Rural Environment. The supervisor’s decision of 2003 was upheld in court last year. County planner Loren Clark said that the Teichert move to ask for an extension isn’t unusual in a slowing economy as property owners wait for more opportune times to build. “At this point in time, anyone who has entitlements is pursuing what they need to do to retain their entitlements,” Clarke said. The Lincoln-area plant and mine would have a lifespan of 40 years, with initial establishment of a temporary plant for aggregate processing and asphalt production. While the plant won’t be up until the economy takes a turn for the better, Teichert has continued working on road improvements plans for the area, completed most of its viewshed management plantings and is working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a permit on a proposed bridge over Coon Creek.