The Balme Ayr farm, south of Duncan has gotten the green light to proceed with developing a gravel pit on their property from the Agricultural Land Commission.

Shelley Balme says the existing gravel pit has been there for more than 50 years and she’s glad this decision has finally come down…..

There are still some regulatory approvals the family will need to get before the operation goes ahead though.

The project, which originally got a green light from the CVRD last June, has been a controversial one.

Neighbours didn’t agree with the decision, another vote at the CVRD level was taken and it went against the Balmes.

Last July, the issue was sent to the Agricultural Land Commission by the CVRD with a recommendation to deny the application.