Mineral Resource Industries

Mineral resource industries in the RM comprise Mineral Resource Storage and Processing Operations and Mineral Resource Extraction Operations.

Mineral Resource Storage and Processing - means development for the storage, processing, sale, and transportation of mineral resources sourced from off site sources. A typical use would include a gravel sales and storage yard. Depending on the Zoning District, a Mineral Resource Storage and Processing Operation may be a permitted or a discretionary use. Please contact the Planning Department for more information however, the Mineral Resource Extraction Application Requirements can be generally followed below.

Mineral Resource Extraction - means development for the on-site removal, extraction, and primary processing of a mineral resource found on or under the site or accessible from the site for sale, or transfer off site. Typical facilities or uses would include gravel pits (and associated crushing operations), sand pits, clay or marl pits, peat extraction, and stripping of topsoil. Approval for a Mineral Resource Extraction will be for a maximum period of 2 years which may be renewed at the discretion of Council providing the requirements of the Zoning Bylaw continue to be met.

Mineral Resource Extraction Regulations
Mineral Resource Extraction Operations must meet or provide the following requirements:
  • Appropriate methods such as proper location and property screening must be utilized to minimize the noise created from machinery and equipment. An example may include using stock piles as a noise barrier.
  • The applicant must provide details on the environmental implications including plans for site restoration. The disturbed area must be progressively reclaimed to a land capability equivalent to the pre-disturbance land capability (for example, agricultural land) or a post-disturbance condition and land use (for example, conversion to wetland) which are satisfactory to the Director of Operations. These conservation and reclamation procedures must be in accordance with applicable provincial guidelines.
  • By November 1 of each year or the end of the hauling season, whichever comes first, the applicant or operator must report the amount of material extracted by the operation that year to the Director of Operations.
  • In addition to the public notification provisions for discretionary uses, details of the application be circulated to property owners adjacent to the proposed haul routes to obtain public input on the proposed site.
Mineral Resource Extraction Approval Requirements
The applicant will be required to enter into a development agreement with the Municipality to ensure the clean fill operation complies with all relevant requirements of the applicable Zoning Bylaw including any additional conditions of approval necessary to secure the objectives of this Bylaw. The applicant will be responsible for providing an estimate and a corresponding financial guarantee with the development agreement, equal to the cost of reclamation of the pit, to be held by the Municipality for the lifespan of the operation.
The Director of Public Works may require that dust and noise control measures are undertaken to prevent the operation from becoming an annoyance to neighbouring land owners. The applicant, operator, or any person who hauls the mineral resource may also be required by the Director of Public Works to enter into a road maintenance agreement. 
Mineral Resource Development Permit Application Requirements
The following is required in order to make an application:
  • A completed Application Form
  • Receipt of full payment of the $750 application fee
  • A letter of intent describing the following aspects of the proposed activity including:
    • An estimation of traffic volumes generated to the property
    • Operational details including projected number of employees, seasons, days and hours of operation
    • Identification of safeguards that may be required to minimize nuisances to adjacent properties including noise, dust and odours
    • Identification of the available water supply
    • Method of disposal of solid or liquid waste
    • Any additional information concerning the use that describes the nature and intensity of use proposed