Excellent Halton Hills Council Meeting last night, March 25, 2019
Last night CRC supporters filled half the gallery of the Halton Hills Council Chamber. A large portion of the meeting was dedicated to the Hidden Quarry issue.
1. Doug Tripp, CRC President, gave a brief update on CRC’s preparations for the upcoming LPAT Hearing and our financial position. His presentation was received with a series of comments and questions from councillors, many of whom congratulated CRC on the serious approach we have taken to the Hidden Quarry issues. Video of the the meeting and Doug’s presentation will be available in a few days at www.haltonhills.ca/Committees/Council.php.
2. Council members received a staff report on the status of Halton Hills/Halton Region’s case for the LPAT Hearing. Halton Hills’ focus is on the many issues relating to the potential increased volume of heavy trucks in downtown Acton, Georgetown and Norval. Halton Region will include this in the much broader case they will bring. Status Update Hidden Quarry Proposal – HH March 25, 2019
3. Council passed, unanimously, a motion to request the provincial government to revise provincial policies to require that aggregate companies demonstrate the need for new quarries and pits. The current Provincial Policy Statement states that there is no need to show need. This is something that Halton Hills requested of the former Liberal government and CRC took part in a campaign organized by HH to distribute postcards with this message to the Minister at that time. Several other municipalities took up the call. Council is committed to keeping this question on the table. Halton Hills – recommendation to require need to show need March 25, 2019
The Halton Hills Councillors recognize all the concerns CRC has raised, and several councillors spoke eloquently and knowledgeably since Acton is a quarry town. We were all proud to be there, and left feeling renewed in the work we are doing. Thanks everyone for coming!! See photos on our Facebook Page
Rick Bonnette will speak at the CRC Community Meeting on Thursday evening at the Eden Mills Community Hall.