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Wrapping up the Syar Industries quarry expansion approvals proved quick work for the Napa County Planning Commission.

The panel laid the groundwork at its Oct. 21 meeting by tentatively approving a 106-acre expansion of the 497-acre quarry. All it had to do Wednesday was approve the final paperwork.

The only twist came when Commissioner Anne Cottrell repeated a previous desire to have a bigger buffer between the quarry and Skyline Wilderness Park. She made a motion to approve, not the 106-acre expansion, but a 77-acre expansion previously proposed by county staff.

Her motion failed by a 2-3 vote. Cottrell and Commissioner Heather Phillips favored the smaller expansion and Commissioners Michael Basayne, Jeri Gill and Terry Scott opposed it.

Commissioners then turned to finalizing the 106-acre expansion they had tentatively approved on Oct. 21. The vote was 3-2, with Basayne, Gill and Scott favoring the move and Cottrell and Phillips opposing it.

“I think you shaped the project into something we can all be proud of,” attorney Thomas Adams told the commission on behalf of Syar Industries.

The spotlight now shifts to the county Board of Supervisors. Expansion opponents have already appealed the Planning Commission’s Oct. 21 approval of the project’s environmental impact report and have indicated they will appeal the commission’s Wednesday approvals as well.

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