A soil removal application in Lake Country that first appeared in 2008 will have to wait some more to be dealt with.
Lake Country council has asked staff to clean up the temporary use application from the Large family to remove gravel from an 8.5 acre parcel of property near the corner of Glenmore Road and Okanagan Centre Road West, and bring it back to the next regular council meeting.
“We referred it back to staff because not only are the applicants asking for a temporary use permit for soil removal, but they had a tag in there to add a variance for a small business storage issue,” said Mayor James Baker.
“They wanted to do a little bit of storing materials and there was considerable discussion over whether that could be a temporary use along with soil removal.”
The owners of the land have been before council and received approval for the soil removal in 2008, but no action has been taken on the land because the owners couldn’t get additional approval to access the property.
Today, the owners have access of Okanagan Centre Road West and want to move forward with the soil removal plan, saying it’s not a full-scale gravel pit operation.
The plan, said family member Mike Large, is to level the land and prepare it for a future use which hasn’t been determined.
Large’s parents own the property in question.
Adjacent properties to the proposed area are already soil removal and processing sites with the Ministry of Highways operating a gravel pit as well as pits operated by Peter Bros. and OK. Builders.
Staff at the District of Lake Country were recommending approval of the application.
Opposition to the application has been expressed by registered nurse Maggie Getz, who is concerned for the health of her 90-year-old mother who lives in the area.
“There is a concern about people who already have breathing problems,” said Getz. “It’s dusty already in the area. My mother planted a row of cedars to help keep the dust down. There is also a lot of noise pollution and traffic is really bad on Glenmore Road already.”
The applicant has proposed to build a three-metre tall berm along Glenmore Road to shield residential areas from the soil processing.
They would also have to put up $30,000 in bonds to make sure there is dust control measures in place as well as reclamation when the operation is complete.