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Township readies pit agreement ahead of OMB hearing

Posted September 7, 2017

Adjala Tosorontio council will deal with an amended development agreement between the Township and Nelson Aggregates setting the terms for its proposed one million tonnes per year gravel extraction operation at 5556 and 5670 County Road 13.

The draft agreement comes ahead of a scheduled November 7, OMB hearing into a multi-party appeal of council's October 2015 approval of zoning and official plan amendments including: Protected Aggregate Resources to Licensed Pit and from Protected Extractive Resources (M3) to Industrial (M2) respectively, to permit the development of an aggregate operation. It was amended from an earlier draft presented in July, "amended to reflect input received from council and members of the public."

Tosorontio Sideroad 5 is highlighted as the haul route for trucks entering and leaving the pit site. A levy of six cents per tonne extracted will be put into a trust account, whose purpose will be to maintain and repair the haul route. Other conditions include no de-watering during the lifetime of the pit.

Hours of operation have been divided into two components. Shipping: Mon-Thurs 6 am - 6:30 pm; Fri, 6 am - 4:30 pm; and Sat. 6 am - 1 pm. Extraction and Processing: Mon-Thurs 7 am - 6:30 pm; Fri 7 am - 4:30 pm. Saturday operations require permission from Township.

The draft agreement also provides for a linear trail development, with parking area at the north end of the subject lands. It would be conveyed to the Township, which will be responsible for the costs to maintain. Nelson would provide up to $100,000 in-kind equipment and manpower toward construction of the trail. The original draft was $40,000.

"Should council defer consideration of the Agreement until after the OMB hearing, that avenue for resolution of oustanding concerns will be lost," according to the report to councillors on Monday night's agenda. "Pending a decision from the OMB, the agreement will allow the Township to collect fees related to the extractive operations, and other benefits."

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All stories, unless otherwise noted,
by Tony Veltri