News from Illinois, Michigan, British Columbia

According to The Times Weekly, the Joliet, Ill., city council postponed until April action on a proposal that could allow quarry blasting near a residential neighborhood. The city council previously tabled a vote to allow for more public input. The parcels in question are owned by VM Land and First Midwest Bank, and the annexation agreement would allow P.T. Ferro construction company to continue and expand its clean soil operations by allowing aggregate blasting as opposed to the current method of hydraulic crushing. If approved, the proposal would allow the area to continue operating as a flagstone quarry and a clean construction/demolition debris disposal site. The use would allow mining, rock crushing and outdoor industrial processing of mined materials. 

According to The Morning Sun, the Union Township, Mich., board of trustees approved the adoption of a revised extraction ordinance. The extraction ordinance covers sand, gravel and other non-metallic minerals as non-renewable natural resources that are generally used in building and road construction. Previously, in 2020, the trustees adopted a temporary moratorium on review of sand and gravel pit applications as a way to review and potentially revise aspects of the sand and gravel pit regulations that had been in place at that time and had not been updated since the 1980s. Later in 2020, after a long process of public meetings and revisions, a new extraction ordinance was adopted.

According to The Lake Country Calendar, the potential removal of Glenmore Industrial Lands from the Agriculture Land Reserve in Lake Country, B.C., Canada, is going to a public hearing. The district has identified six properties, between Okanagan Centre Road West and Glenmore Road, as the site of the future Lake Country Business Park, and is sponsoring an exclusion application to the Agriculture Land Commission, even though the properties are privately held. Five of the parcels are being used for industrial or commercial enterprises including sand and gravel extraction, aggregate sorting and storage, asphalt production and vehicle and boat storage.

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