MSB Planning: CC Enterprises Gravel Pit Conditional Use Permit Request

posted Oct 2, 2010, 11:43 PM by Tim Swezey   [ updated Oct 3, 2010, 1:31 AM ]
The Meadow Lakes Community Council has received a notice from the MSB Planning & Land Use Department. It concerns a Conditional Use Permit Application for Earth Materials Extraction for a gravel pit being operated on Meadow Lakes Loop by Charles Conrad Enterprises.
The location of the gravel pit is Meadow Lakes Loop & Northshore Drive and it is currently in operation.

You can view the location by using the links below using Google Street View. 
Timeline of Conditional Use Permit Application for Earth Materials Extraction
  1. Email sent on May 5, 2010 to the State of Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Division of Water from Charles Conrad Enterprises (CC Enterprises).
    1. CC Enterprises requesting the status of their mining operation under APDES Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) and a letter from the DEC stating that CC Enterprises does not need a MSGP permit.
  2. Response letter from the DEC on May 21, 2010
    1. Here’s the link to the letter: DEC Response Letter to CC Enterprises 2mb PDF
    2. If you want a copy of the letter it is a 2mb PDF, just send an email to
    3. From section C of the DEC letter:
      1. What CC Enterprises needs to do to comply with the intent of the MSGP
        1. It is very difficult for a Sand and Gravel facility such as yours to meet the conditions of the No Exposure Certification. Given the climate and topography of the Matanuska-Susltna Borough, it is possible for the facility to meet a No Discharge condition. In the absence of spectflc instructions in the MSGP on how to comply with this aspect of the permit, DEC is providing the following recommended way to comply with the MSGP for a facility such as yours.
          1. Grade and maintain the facility in such a way as to prevent any stonnwater runoff from leavtng the site during a heavy rainfall.
          2. Install and maintain vehicle track out entrance/exit. This best management practice is a common way of preventing sediment from being tracked on to paved roads and then washing off during a rain storm, For an example of how to install and maintain a vehicle entrance/ exit see page 4-49 of Chapter 4 of the Alaska Stonnwater Guide located at
          3. If conditions change during operation of the facility such that CC Enterprises cannot comply with number 1 and 2 then it will need to apply for coverage under the MSGP.
          4. To confirm that CC Enterprises understands these conditions. Please send DEC signed letter with either:
            1. The following:
              1. A brief descrtption of the activities at the site,
              2. A legal description of the property.
              3. A brief statement that describes that CC Enterprises will comply with number 1. 2. and 3 described above. and
              4. Attach a site map. Or
                1. A completed MSB application for the facility
              5. Retain a copy of the letter on-site, or have it locally available (Within thirty miles of the site).
        2. By doing these five steps CC Enterprises demonstrates they are complying "with the MSGP and the letter can be shown to any inspector that may visit the site.
  3. Conditional Use Permit Application for Earth Materials Extraction: Date September 21, 2010
    1. Link to the Permit Request: MSB Conditional Use Permit Request 8mb PDF
    2. If you want a copy of 8mb PDF permit request you can send me an email to:
    3. Information from the permit request
      1. Total acreage for earth materials extraction will be 7.67 acres
      2. 15,000-20,000 cubic yards of earth material will be extracted per year
      3. 100,000-150,000 cubic yards extracted in total
      4. Estimated final year is 2020
      5. The property will be prepared for future residential or commercial development through the gravel extraction process 
      6. Comments will need to received before November 1st, 2010