Gravel regulation bylaw still moving ahead

The Electoral Area Advisory Committee has given second reading to the soil removal and deposit bylaw

Policies are still proceeding to regulate gravel pits in Greater Vernon’s rural areas.

The Electoral Area Advisory Committee has given second reading to the proposed soil removal and deposit bylaw for BX-Swan Lake (Area B) and BX-Silver Star (Area C).

“It will always be a balance between what people want in their neighbourhood,” said Mike Macnabb. BX-Silver Star director.

“It doesn’t prohibit but it regulates.”

Some residents have been concerned about the potential impact of gravel pits.

“Noise, dust and hours are addressed in the bylaw,” said Macnabb.

Because of provincial rules, the Regional District of North Okanagan can’t stop where gravel pits are allowed.

If the soil removal and deposit bylaw is adopted, it won’t apply to existing operations.

“There are three in Area B that are operating and I will contact them and let them know that,” said Bob Fleming, BX-Swan Lake director.

A proposed pit on Brentwood Road would be considered new and would have to conform to the bylaw.