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CIVITA RISES FROM A SOPHISTICATED RECLAMATION PLAN

Since 2004, Vulcan's West Region has been working to reclaim its former Mission Valley mine site, preparing it to become the Civita development (previously known as Quarry Falls) in San Diego. The master planned urban community will include residential housing, retail buildings, parks and a charter school. Though the original plan was to return the area to a flat, agricultural landscape, Mission Valley's population growth and the scarcity of available property in the area led the landowners to rethink their initial vision.

 

"This is happening more and more," says Senior Area Manager Pat Coughlin. "The quarries usually start out on the edge of town, and the city builds up around them." Since the Mission Valley area is now fully developed, the landowners began to consider other alternatives, meeting with developers and thinking about what the site could become in the future. "They came up with this master plan for a very sustainable, mixed-use community."

 

  Ultimately, Vulcan worked out an arrangement with the landowners and their developers, Sudberry Properties, to accomplish an enhanced reclamation in a manner that would best fit everyone's needs. Instead of a flat contour, they determined that the land would have a terraced look.  A 200-foot elevation change now starts from the front of the property to the south along the San Diego River and down to the north side.

 

This change of plans allowed for use of the excess fill at the site to construct the terraced effect. "To do the reclamation plan the way it was originally set out would have required that we remove a lot of fill off the site, adding a lot of truck trips," Pat says. "Considering greenhouse gases, that is not really what we preferred to do. To accomplish what they needed became a win-win situation."

 

The extent of the reclamation was extraordinary and required the hard work and collaboration of Vulcan's land use, engineering, operations and legal departments. To refill and construct the terraces, 13 million cubic yards of material had to be moved, compacted and tested—for geotechnical and environmental reasons. There has also been a tremendous amount of coordination with the landowners and developers over the years, requiring monthly meetings to tour the site and discuss any issues.

 

After seven years of diligent planning and preparation, the team accomplished the updated reclamation design, ultimately reaching the end goal – to prepare the land for its next best productive use in collaboration with the community, the city, the developer and the landowner.

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July 2012