Will the new Official Plan ‘Greenlands’ designation for the proposed Hidden Quarry stop the project?

Not necessarily.  The Greenlands designation in the Wellington County’s Official Plan recognizes the 40-year-old, 33.5 hectare conifer plantation and the three 100-year-old small mature stands of less than 2 hectares each.

The Official Plan states  “The Greenlands System will be maintained or enhanced. Activities which diminish or degrade the essential functions of the Greenlands System will be prohibited”.

However, The Greenlands policies do permit consideration of aggregate extraction subject to more detailed policy considerations, but those more detailed policy considerations must be made in the context of the planning approach for the Greenlands System contained with the O.P. which state that “Wellington County is a good place to live, (that) this Plan intends to keep it that way”; and that “the people of County enjoy clean air, clean water, healthy communities, natural heritage, cultural heritage, public health and public safety.”

CRC believes that the Greenlands are essential to the protection of the Paris Galt Moraine water re-charge system and to sequestration of CO2.

 

Did the October 2016 OMB decision stop the proposed Hidden Quarry?

No.  The applicant, JDCL, has re-applied for a zoning amendment to Guelph Eramosa Township.  At the same time, the company is applying to Wellington County requesting an amendment to the Official Plan.  At the time of the first application the County’s Official Plan did not review zoning amendments, but in 2015 the County approved a revised plan which included amendments to the Official Plan as well.  The application for a licence to operate a quarry, submitted to the Ministry of Natural Resources, is still deemed complete, and will be adjudicated at the Ontario Muncipal Board along with the expected re-zoning application appeal by JDCL.

​Why is CRC taking on the cost of fighting at the OMB when the local Councils are also fighting it?

​​It is essential for the residents to have a direct voice at the OMB for many reasons, most notably: the OMB recognizes and appreciates direct involvement by  residents as it confirms grassroots involvement, and our elected officials recognize and appreciate that their residents are involved and support them in their efforts and expenditures toward protecting us all.  We also recognize that the municipalities may have political pressures–not the least being the significant financial burden being forced upon them by the OMB process–that necessitates a more conciliatory position than they would otherwise choose.  CRC is constrained by the financial demand for sure, but it is clear that the wish of the community at large is that all that we value here be vigorously defended, and that is the role CRC is being called to play. Only CRC represents residents from all three affected municipalities. Please DONATE, thank you.

​May I attend and particpate in the OMB prehearings and hearings?

​​You may attend and observe the OMB hearings which are open to the public.  In fact, CRC is encouraging residents to attend as observers in large numbers to communicate just how widespread our concerns are about this application. However you can only make a presentation to the Board if you have been registered as an official “Participant.” Nine resident-participants prepared statements for the 2016 OMB Hearing, covering a variety of issues of concern.  CRC coordinated the participants to prevent duplication of messages, and will do so again.  Participants do not need legal representation, but are required to submit a written Participant Statement.  Their input does matter, and when a significant number of residents take the time to get involved directly their combined voice gets a good deal of consideration. It also supports the legal cases being presented by CRC, GET and Halton Region. CRC will be a “Party” at the second OMB. A “Party” at the hearing must put forth legal arguments for its objections. This is a very expensive process involving lawyers and expert witnesses, approximately $400,000 (if you have not please Donate).  All told it makes for a very strong case against the quarry at the OMB. (see Can we win…)​