The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development has renewed the licence of occupation for Whistler Aggregates Ltd. for a term of 10 years to operate its quarry and asphalt plant in its current location in Whistler.
When the licence came up for renewal in spring 2017, the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) shared its preference to work with the Province to find a new location for this operation. On March 16, RMOW responded to a provincial referral for the renewal. See the letter and other background here.
The gravel quarry licence is located adjacent to Cheakamus Crossing and is also home to the Alpine Paving asphalt plant. When the licence was originally established, the Cheakamus Crossing neighbourhood was not located there.
The previous licence expired March 1, 2017 and continued on a month by month basis until the provincial ministry made its final decision about the renewal of the licence.
Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden commented on the decision: “I am very disappointed in this decision to extend the tenure for this length of time without considering other options. During the Union of British Columbia Municipalities convention next week, we will be meeting with the ministry responsible for this file and will discuss this matter.”
Read the Province of British Columbia’s reasons for decision for this licence.