Out-of-court settlement over gravel quarry appears to be nearing

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By Mark Nielsen, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

A long-running dispute between the City and a concrete maker and the owner of a gravel quarry it relies on for material could be nearing a resolution.
Rolling Mix Concrete (B.C.) Ltd. and Rock'n'Roll Aggregates Ltd. have been at odds with the City since October 2020, when the City issued a stop work order after finding their gravel mining operation southwest of the intersection of North Nechako Road and Foothills Boulevard had encroached on a 100-metre setback from land zoned for residential use.
While honouring the order issued under the City's soil removal bylaw, Rock'n'Roll and Rolling Mix jointly filed a notice of claim in February, asserting that the B.C. Mines Act takes precedence.
A site plan submitted to the provincial government as part of securing a permit under the Act shows a 50-metre buffer from residential areas along the west and north sides and a 10-metre setback along the south and southwest boundaries, although it's also noted in court filings that its permit allows a buffer of as little as five metres.
The matter was scheduled to go before a judge this past Monday, but 10 days prior to the hearing a requisition was filed at the Prince George courthouse stating the parties have agreed to...continued.

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