Phase 2 – The focus is now on preparation for the LPAT (previously OMB) Hearings scheduled to Begin May 21, 2019
The End Is in Sight – URGENT APPEAL!
The 6 year struggle to defend our community and environment from the Hidden Quarry Proposal will conclude with the pending LPAT (previously OMB) hearings, see below ‘OMB Renamed LPAT’ (hint, in this case it’s simply a name change). The LPAT hearings will be held over eight consecutive weeks commencing 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. The fate of the area will be decided shortly after the hearings… or it could be many months…. Preparation of the CRC case is an on going process that began in 2013. In spite of thousands upon thousands of volunteer hours it still requires a large amount of cash for expert witnesses and legal council. Click here and read the attached URGENT APPEAL and please donate as much as you can.
Get Excited and Involved – There Is Plenty of Room for Optimism!
The case AGAINST the quarry is VERY STRONG, and growing stronger with the CRC’s ongoing investment in science based research. In addition the CRC has enlisted the help of a public relations expert to insure that everyone who needs to know, knows that the Hidden Quarry Proposal is bad for everyone except James Dick Construction. With the community’s continued support your can be very optimistic that the final decision will save Rockwood and the surrounding region from this unnecessary quarry that would,
- pollute the area’s water supply,
- create air and sound pollution,
- put residents and motorists at risk from dangerous blasting and increased truck traffic,
- disrupting the agricultural economy,
- impact species at risk and brook trout habitat
- put our homes and heritage building foundations at risk from blasting vibration
- and many other negative social and environmental impacts.
What Can You Do?
- Read this Urgent Appeal by CRC President Doug Tripp and/or Donate as much as you can.
- Become a Member of the CRC. Add your voice to the nearly 2000 others who are saying “NO” to this dangerous, destructive, and unnecessary quarry.
- Get active. Take a look at the Volunteer page and discover the rewarding opportunities to help out and make a difference.
- Tell everyone you know and meet about the CRC and the Hidden Quarry resistance, especially your neighbours.
Phase 1: Ended with the OMB Hearing September 2016
Understandably, some confusion exists regarding the outcome of the Hidden Quarry OMB Hearing that took place in September 2016. Please note that the OMB hearing was NOT conclusive with respect to the proposed quarry and so the effort to ensure that it is rejected is ongoing and strong. We are very optimistic that the best interests of the community and environment will prevail and the proposed quarry will be stopped for good. There is a great deal of work ahead of us but we are seasoned to the effort and we are in a much stronger position than when the Hidden Quarry was proposed almost 4 years ago.
Briefly, what was reasonably expected to be a single 7-week hearing that would have concluded with a definitive decision on the proposed quarry mine, was cut short to three abbreviated court days spread over 2 weeks that concluded in the ruling to adjourn the hearing “indefinitely.” The hearing had to be adjourned because JDCL had not appealed to have their application considered under GET’s new zoning bylaw. The bylaw that governed their application was repealed and replaced in August 2016. The OMB could not judge the case without the context of a current bylaw. (OMB Decision on Bylaw Jurisdiction)
JDCL was left with the option to reapply and start the process again. But this time, Wellington County’s amended Official Plan was in place requiring that municipal re-zoning required an official plan amendment. In addition, new zoning designations and amendment criteria were included in the Official Plan. The proposed site is now zoned Greenlands, Core Greenlands and Agriculture. The revised designation sets the bar a little higher for the applicant. Nevertheless JDCL reapplied in December 2016 (a Christmas present to Rockwood and the area) ushering in Phase 2 with the new year, 2017.
OMB renamed LPAT
The Hidden Quarry fight has a truly unique history. The process took an unexpected turn with the outcome of the September 2016 Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) hearings which were intended to decide whether or not the quarry would be allowed, see Phase 1 above. In short, due to legal technicalities associated with mistakes made by James Dick Construction Limited (JDCL), they were presented with a choice to either drop their quarry plans, or submit new quarry applications. They chose the latter and then pushed things back to the courts for the second time.
This time however the hearings will be know as the LPAT hearings because while JDCL was doing their new applications, the OMB was restructured by the Province and renamed the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT). That is why the May 21, 2019 Hidden Quarry hearing is now referred to as a LPAT hearing BUT this is in name only. Because the process began under the OMB it will continue under the old OMB rules verses the new LPAT rules. We have to refer to them as LPAT hearings but they are really OMB hearings. Fun eh!