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Public Meeting on Proposed Expansion at Z-Best Site to be Held in Gilroy

A public meeting about a new project at Z-Best has been scheduled in the evening at Gilroy Library October 30. Z-Best is a recycling facility on Highway 25, just west of the San Benito County line.
Overview of Z-Best showing Highway 25 and the county line. (Photo provided by County of Santa Clara Department of Planning and Development)

Z-Best wants to increase its output resulting in an additional 59 trucks per day. Santa Clara County Planning Department announced a public scoping session on the plan which will be held Tuesday Oct. 30, at the Gilroy Public Library in Gilroy.

The Planning Department written statement said that the public meeting has been set up to solicit comments for the Notice of Preparation of an EIR for Z-Best, the large composting facility on Highway 25 between Gilroy and Hollister.

The public session will be held at the Gilroy Library, 350 W. 6th Street, Gilroy on Tuesday, October 30 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

"The proposed project includes modification of Z-Best's existing composting process from the current windrow method to an aerated static pile process, as well as associated changes in operations and site design," explained the statement from Santa Clara County Planning. According to the announcement dated Oct. 15, "The proposed new process would result in a throughput [output] increase from the current maximum of 1,500 tons to 2,750 tons per day, which would require an additional 59 trucks per day. The project proponent has proposed that the increased truck trips be confined to the hours of 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. "

It also stated in relation to transportation and circulation that may affect Highway 25 traffic,  "The EIR will evaluate site access and circulation with a focus on impacts to SR 25 from the additional truck trips. The traffic assessment would evaluate intersection levels of service for existing and projected peak-hour traffic volumes with the proposed facility expansion at the project driveway and at Bolsa Road intersection, with and without the SR realignment. An analysis of Vehicle Miles Traveled will be included for informational purposes."

(See PDF below)

The letter also invited written responses, stating, "Written and/or email comments on the NOP should be provided to the County at the earliest possible date, but must be received by 5 p.m. on November 16, 2O18.

Those interested, were asked to address comments to:

County of Santa Clara Department of Planning and Development Attention: David Rader

County Government Center

70 West Hedding Street, San Jose, CA 95110



See Related stories:

7/8/17  Z-Best to double number of trucks, claims no impact on commuter traffic  

7/22/17 Supes support Z-Best plans with conditions 

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Submitted by (Kevin Conant) on

This facility already creates an aromatic offense that can only be described as rotting garbage, sewage and decay.  Why would the Bay Area Air Pollution Control District (BAAPCD) allow an expansion of this facility without further data of the off-gas offensive odor downwind?  How does this change in process affect the odor?  Would you want to live downwind of two-times more rotting material that can only be described as sewage?  Do our County Supervisors approve because it's at the border of Santa Clara and San Benito County?

Submitted by (Christy Barnson) on

I am unable to attend the meeting Tuesday since we have an exchange student this week. We would like to vote NO. We are not interested in having a stinkier town, even at night. I want fresh air when I sleep with my windows open at night. Please process all that trash somewhere else!

There needs to be a scoping meeting in the Hollister area, the source of the majority of drivers that will be impacted.  Having it in Gilroy is guaranteed to limit participation.

Where is the Board of Supervisors?

Marty Richman

Submitted by (Mark Medina) on

I have asked Santa Clara officials to hold a meeting here in Hollister and we are working on a date, time and place

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