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Rocky start to Kelowna Costco development leads to special request

Plans for a new Costco have been revealed.
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June 13, 2021 - 8:00 PM

Costco has hit a bump in the road in its efforts to develop its new Kelowna location — many, actually, and they’re much too big.

The site is turning out to be quite rocky so Costco is asking Kelowna city council to allow them to set up a mobile rock crusher that would operate on-site for 21 days over a three month period, between 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, excluding weekends and holidays. These noisy operations aren’t usually allowed in residential areas.

“The applicant is proposing to utilize an on-site mobile rock crusher to crush and repurpose oversized native fill into usable sizes for site grading works,” reads the report to council.

“Typically, stone crushing plants are not permitted to operate outside of I5 –Extraction zoned sites due to the noise and dust impacts associated with this use.”

Costco estimates the amount of native fill that needs to be crushed to a more manageable size is around 4,500 cubic meters which is the equivalent of 320 tandem dump trucks' worth of material.

“The two closest gravel pits to export the native fill to are located in West Kelowna, approximately 12 kilometres from the subject site or Lake Country which is further at a 17 km distance,” reads the report.

Offering up an eco minded rationale, Costco said the total kilometres travelled to range from 7,680 km to 10,880 km for a total of 320 tandem truck loads. “Utilizing a mobile rock crusher on the property would reduce the number of trips travelled to and from the site to remove any oversized native materials,” reads the report.

“Fewer trips to and from the property will result in slightly less traffic and subsequently reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the estimated kilometres travelled if the oversized material were to be hauled off-site.”

The rocks crushed will be stockpiled at or near the crushing plant to be processed in batches and the rock crusher will be moved around on-site as needed to allow construction to continue.

They do say that the crusher will not be located less than a 50 metre distance to any adjacent residential use. Placing the crusher away from nearby residential properties will help reduce the potential for noise and dust impacts. If council gives it a green light, Costco said it will use built-in wash bars to help dust suppression during crushing.

City council will decide at a meeting on June 22 whether to allow the use of the mobile rock crusher.

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