SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – Council approved a motion that allowed Avery Construction to continue getting proper approvals for a gravel pit at 1104 Fourth Line West.
The application to remove the hold placed on this property in 2005 is one of many steps the company has to complete in order to be able to remove aggregate from the location.
The location of the gravel pit is on top of the city’s aquifer. Some residents were concerned about the effects this may have on the city’s drinking water.
Don McConnell is the Director of Planning and Enterprise Services. He was quick to explain the many policies and procedures required to prevent any issues.
“Our existing Official Plan prohibits fuel storage or fuel handling on this property, and there will be no fuel storage or fuel handling on this property,” said McConnell. “We also prohibit chemical storage and handling. We prohibit vehicle maintenance repair.”
Applicants are also required to provide a spill plan and a stormwater management plan.
Councillors and the public are assured that any potential damage to houses nearby is reviewed by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry during their pit license review before a successful application.
There is no timeline for the completion of this process or the opening of the pit if approved.