In order to determine just how far from the McCormick pit you are, please refer to these maps: (click HERE)
Time is of the essence… please act now.
February / 18 / 2011
If you are concerned with aggregate issues in your community, this is your chance to have your concerns heard…
The Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) in cooperation with the Ontario Good Roads Association are holding their annual conference starting February 27th. This is an excellent opportunity for municipalities to discuss important issues with the province.
Per ROMA’s web site, “Issues which are currently before ROMA include intensive livestock operations, nutrient management, rural schools, commodity prices, farm taxation, economic development, roads, bridges and infrastructure, a new Municipal Act, and ambulance services in rural Ontario.” Absent from this list are issues related to pits and quarries.
Our affiliate Gravel Watch has recently contacted rural municipalities across Ontario, urging them to raise these issues at the ROMA conference. This is not enough - please reinforce this message locally. Bring your concerns to the attention of your municipal councils.The following are issues which we believe are key, and on which we believe a united voice can influence provincial policy:
1. Increase royalties payable to municipalities to help offset costs related to aggregate operations, and / or require applicants to pay the costs of peer reviews required by the municipality. Unless specifically required in the municipality’s Official Plan, current processes place the cost of these reviews on municipalities and residents’ groups who have inadequate resources to fund them.
2. Establish minimum separation distances between aggregate operations and settlements. The current required setback does not allow adequate protection of residential areas from negative impacts.
3. Do not allow MNR to unilaterally, without approval of the municipality, approve amendments to conditions on licenses and site plans that were set during the public process. Current policy allows MNR approval of many significant amendments, including changes of licenses from “above water” to “below water”, without approval by the municipality.
4. Require better enforcement of site plans and regulations, including rehabilitation. The MNR is understaffed and unable to adequately monitor operations. Pits and quarries are inspected,
on average, once every five to seven years. Further, it is estimated that less than half of
excavated lands are being rehabilitated.
Please call, email or write to your local council immediately.
In addition to the above, make them aware of your particular concerns.
Feel free to use information provided on this website and in
this alert to make your job easier and your case stronger.
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April 2, 2011
HELP WANTED -in order to effectively pursue our goals PitSense is looking for more volunteers to do research, analysis, and communications on a wide variety of topics. Pick and choose the area that most concerns you! If you can spare an hour or two per week and would be willing to help, please contact us at: email@example.com
ALSO - While we await the responses from MPAC regarding our Requests for Reconsideration, we need to complete our list of all those property owners who made requests. This is for use by our lawyers in developing an effective strategy to advance the case for reduced assessment values and adequate compensation. If you submitted an RFR, and have not yet been in touch with one of our executive members, please advise us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
June / 11 / 2011
SPRING/SUMMER NEIGHBOURHOOD AWARENESS BARBECUE
PitSense held our 2nd BBQ to raise awareness and funds on June 11 from 4pm to dusk to enable our community to 'Meet, Greet, and Eat' with neighbours and friends who are working to protect the Niagara Escarpment. For more info click HERE
Audio sample of live music John Michael Green provided at the event:
March / 14 / 2011
The deadline for submitting a 2011 Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) Request for Reconsideration (RFR) is now past. PitSense has been working with lawyers, MPAC consultants, and local residents to pursue the principle that aggregate license applicants must be required to consider the negative impact that their proposals and operations have on property values. FULL COST ACCOUNTING is part of that strategy. What this means is that local residents need to establish that their losses: 1) are actual; and 2) that they should receive compensation in the form of reduced MPAC assessments and monetary payments. Our advisors suggest that as many people as possible should submit an RFR before this year's deadline. It is a simple, no-cost process and it involves no risks or obligations. Forms and instructions are available online (click HERE). If you would like assistance in filing, PitSense advisors can provide sample submissions and advice on how to proceed. We've 'been there, done that' and are happy to share. Just email us at: PitSense@gmail.com
The following graph is the result of a comprehensive study done by Professor Diane Hite. It shows the degree of property value loss in relation to the proximity to a gravel pit. You may use this information as the basis for your request. To read the full Town of Caledon report from which it is obtained: (click HERE)
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DEADLINE ALERT! Written comments on the CTC Draft Source Water Protection Planmust be made by Monday October 8, 2012, 5pm. Send submissions to: Chair, Source Protection c/o TRCA, 70 Canuck Avenue, Downsview, ON M3K 2C5 fax: 416-667-6278
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November 23, 2013 - Although the plans were hatched in 2004, PitSense only recently became aware of a plan to convert a number of local rural roads into heavy truck haul routes. It's called the
The voracious appetite for open pit mining in close proximity to residential areas adds significantly to the demand for local roads to be used as haul routes. This is despite the fact that planners said the strategy should "minimize the impact of truck traffic on residential communities including noise, safety and accessibility". That seems to be the last time that residential property owners were considered! Of 120 identified "stakeholders" there is not one mention of property owners, residents, constituents, etc.
In addition to Heart Lake Rd., PitSense is most concerned about Horseshoe Hill Rd. and Mountainview Rd., two very scenic and relatively tranquil roads lined with rural residences. The inclusion of these types of roads in this plan is a travesty.
We feel this is an unacceptable situation, where those most affected are totally overlooked. We urge anyone who sees the injustice of this to contact their political so-called 'representatives' and demand that these plans be stopped, unless and until local property owners have been properly engaged in the process.
Please ACT NOW!
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IMPORTANT ERROR CORRECTION!
The email address for Harrington McAvan in the notice below has been corrected. Please make the change to any letter of objection you might have sent. It is: