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from MINUTES of Town of Caledon Council Meeting - December 13, 2011 ...
Moved bv R Whitehead Seconded bv N deBoer :
Whereas there is an application by Brock Aggregates for an amendment to their Aggregate Resources Act site plan on the Tottenham Pit; and
Whereas the Ministry of Natural Resources acknowledges that this Aggregate Resources Act site plan amendment is to be considered major and significant in the changes to the existing extraction footprint both above and below the water table almost tripling the size of the exposed water surface; and
Whereas the amount of the extraction will amount to over 4000 000 tonnes (500 000 tonnes per year) for 7 to 9 years; and
Whereas there are strong indications that the extraction to date being a much smaller operation than that which is proposed has interfered with the water table damaged the natural hydrology and interfered with private wells; and
Whereas all of the properties in the area depend on private wells and there is no alternative municipal water service available; and
Whereas the applicant is proposing to continue to engage in extensive drag lining and crushing on site both operations representing heightened environmental noise and dust concerns; and
Whereas there doesn't seem to be any financial guarantee that all conditions and requirements of the site plan or the licence will be met throughout the duration of the licence the operation and time of decommissioning; and
Whereas the previous operations did not live up to their requirements and there was no apparent action taken by the Ministr; and
Whereas the Town and its citizens were assured at the time of the last amendment in 2000 that this would end the pit s useful life and that the pit would then be decommissioned and rehabilitated; and
Whereas a pit operation of this size and duration is likely to have a negative effect on real estate values in this estate residential area; and
Whereas the Pit has remained inactive for many years and has not been rehabilitated as promised and
Whereas the pit is contained within the Palgrave Estate Residential Area as identified within The Official Plan of Caledon and that of the Region of Peel and this use is not compatible with a residential area of this type which relies totally on private wells.
Now therefore be it resolved that the Minister is requested to deny the application for an amendment to the Aggregate Resources Act Site Plan and to order the Pit to be closed decommissioned and rehabilitated; and
Further if the Minister chooses not to take this advice and is considering the possibility of creating an opportunity for more extraction at this site that the topic be considered as a new application for a new licence and not as an amendment to the current Aggregate Resources Act Site Plan given the much larger scope
and potential negative effects of this major expansion to the environment, the hydrogeology, the private wells in the area, and the general well being of the area; and
Further that the new licence application process include full public involvement including adequate notice, public meetings, and full disclosure of all pertinent information; and
Further that the comments contained in the staff report DP 2011 064 be considered to be the minimum level of conditions that must apply to any new approval; and
Further that Caledon recommends that all of these conditions must be met before any operation is allowed to resume extraction; and
Further that Caledon be provided with regular reports that demonstrate that all conditions are being adhered to during the operation of the site; and
Further that Caledon be notified of any infractions and be advised of what remedial action is taking place; and
Further that Caledon is given the right, upon reasonable notice being given, to enter the site at any time to make its own observations regarding compliance; and
Further that a public liaison committee be established that requires the operator to meet with residents, staff from the Town, Region, applicable Conservation Authority, and MNR on a regular basis to address concerns; and
Further that should this matter proceed that a comprehensive rehabilitation plan be implemented in accordance with the Greenbelt Plan; and
Finally that given the information above that no final decision be made until all matters identified are considered and the community has been given a full and fair opportunity to act upon the matters; and
Further that a copy of Report DP 2011 064 and the Resolution be forwarded to Nottawasaga Conservation Authority, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, the Ministry of Natural Resources, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Sylvia Jones MPP, Town of New Tecumseth,
Region of Peel, County of Simcoe, and Township of King.
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