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Ministry of Energy Mines and Responsible for Core Review


Aggregate Review


On July 19, 2000, a four-person advisory panel was appointed to review the framework governing the planning, review, approval and management processes for sand and gravel pits and rock quarries in B.C. The Aggregate Review was initially intended to be a six-month province-wide review with a focus on the Lower Mainland, Okanagan and southern Vancouver Island where conflicts surrounding the development of aggregate resources are most pronounced. However, in order to expand the public consultation process to include 11 public meetings in various locations around the province, the Aggregate Advisory Panel sought a seven-week extension to their report deadline.


The Advisory Panel was asked to review and make recommendations about issues relevant to the development of the province’s sand, rock and gravel resources on both private and Crown land. The Panel’s mandate required it to also make recommendations on:

  • The provincial and local governments’ roles and responsibilities in a range of aggregate-related issues, including identifying and protecting aggregate resources to meet future needs.
  • Factors and criteria to be taken into account when reviewing and approving aggregate operations, and the respective authorities for considering these factors.
  • Improvements and amendments to the permitting processes so decisions are more timely, efficient and less contentious.
  • Policy and statutory changes necessary for any of the foregoing issues.

(Click here to see the Advisory Panel’s detailed terms of reference.)


The Panel consulted with and accepted submissions from a range of people and organizations with an interest in issues to do with planning, permitting and managing aggregate operations.


The Panel was not empowered to assess the merits of specific aggregate proposals. The existing review, approval and management processes continued to apply for the duration of the review.

Panel members included:


  • Jon Kingsbury, Mayor of Coquitlam
  • Ben Marr, former manager of the Greater Vancouver Regional District and former Deputy Minister of Environment
  • Laurie Carlson, President of Mainland Sand and Gravel
  • Graham Lea, Panel Chair and former Minister of Transportation and Highways

On March 9, 2001 the Aggregate Advisory Panel delivered its report, entitled Managing Aggregate, Cornerstone of the Economy and on March 27, 2001 the report was released to the public.


Click here to see a copy of the report.


On June 5, 2001 the newly elected BC government undertook a core review of government services and deregulation exercise.  Government is currently reviewing the 47 recommendations in the Aggregate Advisory Panel report with a view to identifying recommendations that can be adopted or adapted to be consistent with these initiatives.  A small working group has been appointed to steer this process.