Appia Developments, the firm which built the Town Plaza buildings, Stoney Creek condos and is finishing the Cascade Lodge, is behind the gravel pit application on the Parkhurst property, north of Green Lake.
Appia, which is owned by Jim Bosa, bought the unserviced property from a Japanese firm about a year ago. The gravel pit site will be just north of the Cougar Mountain Road.
Eric Martin, a spokesman for the Bosa companies, says the reason for the gravel pit application is to meet the demand for gravel in Whistler.
"The quality of gravel in Whistler is a problem," Martin says. "This is good quality gravel. There’s good potential."
While most of the Village North projects are nearly completed, gravel will likely be needed for construction of the Hyatt Hotel at the Whistler Racquet and Golf Resort and for Intrawest’s redevelopment of the Whistler Creek area.
Appia’s application, through a company called Whistler North Developments Ltd., is to extract 35,000 cubic metres of gravel annually for 10 years. The Ministry of Employment and Investment, Mines Branch, has told municipal staff it sees no reason why the application should be turned down. There is no provision in the Mines Act to reject a gravel pit application on the basis of aesthetics, tourism or general public opposition.
Appia hopes to begin the gravel pit operation in the spring. Martin says the company doesn’t have any other plans for the Parkhurst property at the moment.