The Malheur County Court recently turned down a proposal by a local contractor to open up a gravel pit on the Oregon Slope. (The Enterprise/FILE)
VALE – Local contractor Darren Lee wanted to open a new gravel pit north of Ontario but he said he stepped into a bureaucratic maze and encountered a buzzsaw of resistance from local homeowners that effectively derailed his effort after more than nine months of planning.
The Malheur County Court recently rejected his proposal to create the gravel pit on property owned by local farmer Dallas Head on Jasmine and Mesquite Roads on the Oregon Slope southwest of Weiser.
Lee sought a conditional use permit from the county for the 261-acre gravel pit and also sought to add the property to the county’s comprehensive land management plan, a document used . . .