Rocky View County Gravel Applications

The County have a number of gravel applications on its 2021 agenda that will affect many residents on the west side of Rocky View.  These include:

  • Lehigh Hanson’s third attempt to get its 600-acre Scott Pit approved in Bearspaw was refused in February

    • Massive opposition from local residents tipped the scales once again​

  • Summit Pit’s application to redesignate two quarter sections on Big Hill springs Road (Hwy 567) - the quarter section involved in the County’s appeal of residents’ successful court challenge of three gravel pits approved in 2017 as well as the quarter section immediately south

    • Unfortunately, residents were not successful a month later when Council approved the Summit pit in the face of independent scientific evidence that ​raised serious potential risks to the aquifer that feeds Biig Hill Springs and Big Hill Creek, the protected environmental features in Big Hill Springs Provincial Park

    • Residents continue to fight the Summit pit, hoping to influence Alberta Environment & Parks to refuse or restrict the pit's regulatory licensing

  • Burnco’s application to redesignate an additional 966 acres to expand the gravel pit it current operates on a quarter section just west of Cochrane on Hwy 1A is still to be  heard - public hearing is scheduled for July 6, 2021

    • Serious concerns about impact on water quality in Bow River; unclear why 100+ years of production need to be added all at once; will permanently damage scenic drive to Rockies​


Residents still have an opportunity to submit written comments on the Burnco application and/or make verbal presentations at its public hearing. 


Information about each of the applications and their histories can be found by clicking on each of the gravel pit names, above.