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Regional district rejects asphalt plant near Tabor Mountain Ski Resort

The Regional District of Fraser-Fort George board has rejected plans for a gravel processing and asphalt plant on Highway 16 near Tabor Mountain.

Falcon Contracting had sought a temporary use permit for the proposed development. It proposed a gravel processing, crushing, screening and washing, and operation of an asphalt plant on a 6.5-hectare parcel of unsurveyed Crown Land located in the vicinity of Highway 16 East and Tabor Mountain Ski Resort.  The Willow River-Upper Fraser Valley Official Community plan supports preliminary processing of gravel resources on a site, but does not support operation of asphalt plants, according to a report put forward to the board Thursday.

In addition, a public consultation meeting was held on December 1 with 40 people present, where a number of people expressed concern about the proposed operation.

The board also received a letter from the Tabor Mountain Ski opposing the facility.

“The recent opening of a rock quarry in such close proximity to the mountain has devastated our future business plans and has stopped any further expansion,” wrote Fern Thibault, Tabor Mountain Ski Resort owner. “The noises coming from the quarry are not what you would typically hear in such a peaceful place. On a daily basis, we have experienced being able to hear every individual rock being loaded into the trucks as wen as each piece of equipment’s back up alarm which is audible from the ski hill.”

Thibault added approval of the proposal could have dire consequences on the ski resort.

“It is a real possibility that the implementation of this project would lead to the closure of Tabor Mountain and end its historical and substantial impact on this community,” Thibault wrote. “In summary Tabor Mountain is sitting on a knife’s edge. Tabor was provided an amazing opportunity with the Canada Winter Games and we can either follow the route we intend and explode mountain biking tourism in Prince George and northern B.C., and alter the impact outdoor recreation has in the north or this could be the end of the Tabor Mountain legacy.”

The board also received letters opposing the facility from the B.C. Snowboard Association, the Prince George Cycling Club, Ruckus Ski Boards and Bikes, Intersect Youth and Family Services, Tourism Prince George and others.

The board rejected the proposal.

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