Project Title:Buellflat Mining Project
Case Number: 18RVP-00000-00006 to 88-RP-002 AM01
Project Location:Santa Barbara County
Assigned Staff and Division:

Jacquelynn Ybarra, Energy, Minerals and Compliance  Division


The project is subject to environmental review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA); therefore the County is preparing an Initial Study in accordance with CEQA and the Santa Barbara County Guidelines for Implementation of CEQA. The environmental document is expected to be released for public review in the summer of 2021.


The project request is for a revision (Case No. 18RVP-00000-00006) to Reclamation Plan (Case No. 88- RP-002 AM01) for an existing mining operation. The current Reclamation Plan was approved by the County Board of Supervisors in 2001. No Conditional Use Permit exists for the project as it is considered a 'vested' mining operation. The 38-acre site has been in operation since the 1930's, extracting surface materials from the Santa Ynez River channel and adjacent areas and processing sand, rock, and gravel products. Although the majority of raw material processed at the site has been generated from onsite operations, material has historically also been imported from offsite for processing and sales.

The Buellflat site is currently used for a mix of industrial and commercial uses related to aggregate mining and processing and is divided into three distinct subareas. Area A, located north of the river channel and west of the processing plant, contains an existing mine pit and sediment basin. Area B consists of the processing, storage, and handling operations and is located north of the river channel on the east side of the site. Structures associated with mining are confined to Area B and include an office, fuel pumps/underground tanks, and processing equipment. All support structures, access roads and other necessary facilities are in place and currently in use. Area C encompasses portions of mining operation areas in the Sana Ynez River channel.

The proposed revision including the following changes and/or additions to the current Reclamation Plan:

• Conduct "Deep Mining" in Area A to a depth of 300 feet above mean sea level (amsl);
• Backfill the Deep Mining area to 340 feet amsl;
• Revise the Project end use of Area A; and
• Address current SMARA standards.

Historically, the majority of material produced from onsite sources came from Area C (the riverbed); however, due to limitations in the river as a result of reduced redeposition and encountering high water levels, production from Area C has been suspended. The reclamation standards established in 88-RP-002 AM01 still apply to Area B and Area C; this Reclamation Plan revision is limited to the deep mining operations confined to Area A.

The Buellflat Rock Quarry (Buellflat) is located in the inland portion of Santa Barbara County (County) adjacent to and west of the City of Solvang, within the Santa Ynez Valley. The project site is comprised of three parcels (AP Nos. 137-250-023, -037 & -046) zoned M-2, AG-I-40, and AG-I-20, respectively, totaling 38 acres and located at 1214 Mission Drive in Solvang, CA, Third Supervisorial District.


December 2019 - Present: The County is preparing an Initial Study to analyze the potential environmental impacts of the proposed project. The environmental document is expected to be released for public review in the summer of 2021.

November 13, 2019 - Buellflat Rock  Company submitted supplemental application materials and responses to County Incomplete Letters in January 2019, April 2019, August 2019, and October 2019. County Planning and Development reviewed all supplemental application materials and response to Incomplete Letters, and found the application to be complete.

March 2, 2018 - Buellflat Rock Company submitted an application to revise their existing Reclamation Plan (Case No. 88-RP-002 AM01). County Planning and Development reviewed the application and found it to be Incomplete.


Application Package

Additional Information

If you have any comments or questions, please contact the project planner, Jacquelynn Ybarra via email