​​Isn’t it true that the Hidden Quarry will meet a significant, un-met demand for aggregate that is close to market?

​​No, it isn’t true. There is no question that the Hidden Quarry is relatively close to the proposed markets in the GTA. However, there is evidence to suggest that Ontario has licensed aggregate extraction capacity that exceeds consumption by a several times factor, and that in Wellington County itself, extraction rates are typically about 20% of licensed capacity. There is also an expanded quarry operation in Acton, presumably supplying the same nearby markets, albeit owned by a competitor to the Hidden Quarry applicant. We are not persuaded that there is a need for another aggregate operation in this area.