More study for Stevens Quarry

More study for Stevens Quarry The city is moving ahead with plans for development of the Stevens Quarry. On Monday night, Whitehorse city council approved a $60,000 budget amendment to conduct a noise assessment of the project.

The city is moving ahead with plans for development of the Stevens Quarry.

On Monday night, Whitehorse city council approved a $60,000 budget amendment to conduct a noise assessment of the project.

That assessment was requested by the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board which is in the process of evaluating the project.

The assessment board identified noise as one of the primary concerns of Takhini Valley residents living near the site of the proposed 95-hectare, four-pit quarry.

The city has been looking at developing a quarry in the area for some time.

In 1994, it put those plans on hold, but revived them a few years ago.

In 2010, the City of Whitehorse and the Yukon Government signed a contribution agreement for the planning and design work for the quarry.

Although the city is putting up the $60,000 for the noise assessment, under the agreement it will be the Yukon government that will ultimately pick up the tab.

More recent assessments of the area have shown that Stevens Quarry will provide less material than originally thought but the city still plans on using it as its primary source of gravel for the next 10 to 15 years.