Cottonwood Sand Mining Project

3 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
San Diego County
Document Title
Cottonwood Sand Mining Project
Document Type
EIR - Draft EIR
Present Land Use
Golf Course, Sweetwater River channel and floodplain
Document Description
The project seeks approval of a Major Use Permit (MUP) and Reclamation Plan to conduct sand mining activities on 251 acres of an approximately 280-acre property that is known as the Cottonwood Golf Club. Extraction of aggregate (primarily sand) would occur on approximately 214 of the 251 acres. Approximately 4.3 million cubic yards (CY) (6.4 million tons) of material would be extracted and processed, with approximately 3.8 million CY (5.7 million tons) of marketable aggregate produced for sale over a 10-year period. Extraction operations would be limited to a maximum production of 380,000 CY (570,000 tons) of marketable construction grade aggregate per calendar year.

Contact Information

Robert Hingtgen
Agency Name
San Diego County, Planning & Development Services
Job Title
Planner III
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


San Diego
Cross Streets
Willow Glen Drive and Steele Canyon Road
Total Acres
Parcel #
518-012-14-00, 518-030-21-00 plus 20 others
State Highways
SR-54, S-94
Jamacha Vista Grande Elem., Hilldsale MS, Valhalla HS +2 elem.
Sweetwater River
San Bern
Other Location Info
The Project site is located on the south side of Willow Glen Drive at 3121 Willow Glen Drive, El Cajon, California. Steele Canyon Road bisects the Project site. The western edge of the Project area is approximately 600 feet east of the intersection of Willow Glen Drive and State Route (SR) 54/Jamacha Road, with the site extending approximately 1.7 miles to the east of that intersection. SR 94/Campo Road is located approximately 0.7 mile southwest of the site.

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, California Department of Transportation, District 11 (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Natural Resources Agency, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Diego Region 9 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region 5 (CDFW)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region 5 (CDFW)
Development Types
Mining (570k tons/year for 10 years for local market )(Mineral Sand Mine)
Local Actions
Use Permit, Reclamation Plan
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Energy, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mineral Resources, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Recreation, Schools/Universities, Solid Waste, Transportation, Tribal Cultural Resources, Utilities/Service Systems, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire, Vector Mgmt., Valley Fever,
Local Review Period Start
Local Review Period End


Draft Environmental Document [Draft IS, NOI_NOA_Public notices, OPR Summary Form, Appx,]
Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form

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