Written by David Castellon
Hewitson Farms’ nearly 50-year-old rock-and-gravel operation southeast of Coalinga will be able to continue operating for another 50 years.
That’s because the Fresno County Planning Commission last week voted to extend the company’s conditional use permit to mine in the area for five more decades.
The operation is spread over nearly 324 acres of a 637.8-acree parcel off Highway 33, between Sutton Avenue and Lost Hills Road.
The business started in March of 1968 as a borrow pit, rock plant and asphalt concrete batch plant, and in 1985 a county conditional use permit was approved to also allow a rock, sand and gravel extraction operation and concrete and asphalt batching plant on a 178-portion of the site, according to Fresno County records.
More than 13 years later, the extraction operation was permitted to expand another 79 acres, along with the addition of a concrete and asphalt recycling operation that included some tire grinding as part of the recycling.
Hewitson’s current 20-year permit is good until Dec. 3, 2018.
But the Planning Commission’s decision to extend the permit another 50 years isn’t yet set in stone, as anyone wanting to appeal it has 15 days after the Nov. 9 vote to do so.