Province rejects Westside Road gravel pit application

B.C. regulator rejects one gravel pit application, but has yet to make a decision on an earlier application for two different pits in the Westside Road and Jordan River areas.

A generic image of a gravel pit. Photo: Flickr Creative Commons image by Tero Laakso

The provincial authority that oversees gravel pit applications has rejected Terus Construction Ltd.’s plans for a gravel pit on Westside Road.

An undated decision paper by Senior Land Officer Rob McRory cites several reasons for rejecting the gravel pit application.

An image of the proposed location of the Terus Construction Ltd. gravel pit, which has now been rejected by the province. Image: B.C. government image

The first is a ‘Section 17’ map reserve at the proposed location just south of the Revelstoke Transfer Station. The City of Revelstoke has registered a reserve for the Crown land in question, setting it aside about a decade ago for a future technology park.

“The city responded and advised the province that they are currently undertaking feasibility studies to develop the area into a technology park,” writes McRory in his decision. “The Section 17 is existing and takes precedence over new applications. The city advised that a new gravel pit would be incompatible with their development plans.”

In his reasons for rejecting the application, McRory also cited several public comments and First Nations concerns “about the proximity to potential archaeological materials.”

The Terus application is one of two separate recent gravel pit applications in Revelstoke.

File photo: Kayakers scout out the lower section of the Jordan River during the 2016 Jordan River race. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

The other application, by Jake-Jay Construction, is for two gravel pits in the Westside Road area. One is on the west side of Westside Road, also near the Revelstoke Transfer Station. The other is on the Jordan River Forest Service Road, further up the Jordan River Valley. The application for those two proposed gravel pits received a negative referral from council in July. Public commenting is now closed for that application, but provincial authorities have yet to issue a decision.

Currently, the province has not issued a decision on the Jake-Jay Construction application.

Council discussed the now-rejected Terus application much later in September, yet the provincial decision on that application was issued first.