The plan to cut an access road across Crown properties in Trepanier for a proposed greenhouse operation was supported by the Regional District of Central Okanagan, as long as the resulting gravel does not leave the area.
The proposed road lies within the Trepanier Creek watershed, and the District of Peachland has already noted any road construction should adhere to conditions to protect drinking water. Peachland also specified that any heavy truck traffic access the site from the Okanagan Connector highway and not from Peachland.
The cut would be a short extension off an existing Ministry of Transportation access road to the Jack Creek gravel pit. A condition from the province would be that cut material from the new road would be hauled to the side of Jack Creek pit and stockpiled for future ministry use.
Director Jim Edgson noted that people in the area are in favour of the greenhouses, but the roadworks should be done carefully as an application for a gravel pit at Maxwell Road could be coming before the board in future.
He reiterated support for the condition that any gravel removed or moved around be stockpiled and not taken off the site.