Restrictions for gravel operations may be back on track.
After the Ministry of Mines vetoed a ban on gravel extraction in residential zones, the Electoral Area Advisory Committee is proposing to allow gravel extraction in the country residential zone but the processing of aggregate would not be permitted in that zone in Areas B and C.
“You can mine it and put it on a truck (for shipment) but not screen it or crush it on that site,” said director Bob Fleming.
The bylaw, if ultimately adopted by the Regional District of North Okanagan board and approved by the ministry, would also apply to other natural resources in Areas B and C of Greater Vernon.
“There would be no processing of logs,” said deputy planning manager Greg Routley.
The regional district began looking at possible controls for aggregate extractions because of public opposition to a planned gravel pit on Brentwood Road in the BX.
“Because of the density in the area, this is a huge issue,” said Macnabb.
Fleming believes the residents’ concerns about gravel pits are legitimate.
“The noise, the dust, the disruption to people’s lives is big,” he said.
“You can cause a lot of trouble in a neighbourhood by allowing processing on a five-acre parcel.”
EAAC is also seeking RDNO board support for a proposed soil removal and deposit bylaw.
This proposed bylaw would establish regulations regarding operations removing or adding soil in all zones within both Areas B and C.
“This provides some certainty and control. There is some oversight,” said Macnabb.
“When there are 700 properties in a one-kilometre radius (of a pit), this protects the people in the area.”