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MHCA reviews latest Springfield aggregate bylaw draft

The MHCA has reviewed and is replying to the latest bylaw proposed by the RM of Springfield Council.

The latest draft bylaw makes a few more changes to the proposed bylaw that has been reviewed and discussed since spring this year.

“There are again some tweaks that the aggregate industry representatives feel would make for a stronger bylaw regulating pits and quarries in Springfield,” said MHCA President Chris Lorenc.

“Overall, we feel Springfield has done some heavy lifting in drafting its bylaws and we’ve told them that, as well.”

The bylaw would look at grandfathering currently permitted pits in the rural municipality, and regulating proposed pit applications in keeping with Springfield’s concerns about development pressures and its environment.

The primary concern of the industry was to protect aggregate resources from being sterilized by development and to ensure Springfield’s council and its residents that aggregate operations protect water sources, and are sensitive to concerns regarding dust control, noise and sight lines.

“The industry will continue speaking with the administration and council of Springfield and we are confident that the proposed bylaw is workable and the outcome will protect aggregate resources, which are foundational to infrastructure projects,” Lorenc said.