Coldstream gives green light to pellet plant

Coldstream has officially signed off on the proposed $39 million pellet plant in Lavington.

Tolko Industries and Pinnacle Renewable Energies have plans to construct the plant on land next to the existing planer mill off School Road.

Coldstream gave its approval Monday by amending the official community plan to re-designate the property from agricultural to general industrial land.

“We’re showing our commitment to it,” said Mayor Jim Garlick, of the plant which could generate upwards of 50 jobs.

With Coldstream’s approval finalized, Garlick is hopeful senior government approvals can take place, allowing the process to evolve.

“Could the Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Transportation processes be parallel?” said Garlick.

Coldstream’s land use change follows recent approval from the Agricultural Land Commission. The ALC is allowing non-farm use on the land, a portion of which has already been used as wood chip storage area since 1980.

“The commission acknowledges the proposed development will have a significant economic benefit to the community and that the use will not adversely impact the adjacent agricultural land provided it is contained within the area proposed,” states the ALC in its resolution.

There is still no word on when Tolko and Pinnacle will hold a public meeting to address public concerns about the plant.

“It’s getting closer,” said Janice Lockyer, Tolko communications advisor. “There’s still a lot of moving pieces right now. We’re still positive and moving ahead.”


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