Submissions are now being accepted for a proposed 452-hectare gravel operation near the west border of Cochrane.

Rocky View County (RVC) has set July 6 as the date for the long-anticipated public hearing for Burnco's West Cochrane gravel pit that would be developed in multiple stages along more than six kilometres of Hwy. 1A.

If approved, it would create 452 hectares (1,1117 acres) of contiguous lands zoned as nonresidential industrial. In its initial proposal, Burnco said it anticipates operating the pit for 30 to 35 years and will extract 15 million tonnes of sand and gravel.

Written submissions are being accepted by the county until 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 23. The cutoff for audio/video submissions is 12 noon on Monday, July 5.

Emails will be accepted during the public hearing up until council stops to review these submissions. 

If approved, it would allow for gravel extraction on land parcels immediately south of Hwy. 1A from just west of Horse Creek Road to just beyond Range Rd. 52. 

Burnco has an existing gravel operation on one of the parcels and is seeking a change of land-use designation on portions of seven adjacent parcels.

Full details on how to make submissions can be found here.