I think some clues to the problem include: “property that was originally
a gravel pit”; “[t]he reclamation of this property was performed by
the gravel pit operators”; and, “[a] developer that has developed
extensively in the area since 1999.”Reclamation of an
excavated gravel pit may not be consistent with returning the ground to
build-able conditions but merely covering the bare landscape with soil and
vegetation to minimize run off. I wonder if the area really was a pristine
construction site in the first place.Building on sloping sandy or
rocky ground that has been the site of excavation and recent,
“restoration” may not be the best idea in hind sight.Isn’t Travers Ridge built on a large sand dune with a thin topsoil
cover? Could this event be a harbinger of more of the same? Would aerial
inspection and photography have given a better analysis of the potential danger
for ground shifting and settling that driving to the site, kicking the rocks and
planting a stake or two?
There will blame enough for everyone, the responsible party is? When you build
on mountain slopes or in flood plains strange things happen. Live and learn!
I was hoping for more of a "Letter of Apology"...