The following was received from the Chatsworth Taxpayers For a Safe and Healthy Environment and is reproduced here as a community service.
Cornerstones Standards Council (CSC) is the
Aggregate industry's professional agency trying to raise the
standards of aggregate producer practices to be more considerate of
Communities hosting pits/quarries.
Because we (The Chatsworth Taxpayers For a Safe
and Healthy Environment ) are actively opposing a current pit
application (Bumstead Pit), CSC want to meet with us as well as with
other municipal and public groups/agencies to hear concerns as more
and more pits/quarries apply for licenses:
Saturday, February 4th in
Owen Sound at the Bayshore Community Centre. 1 PM - 3PM.
Shoreroom #1 Registration is
required. For further Information contact
It's important to go to
this meeting with a strong contingent of our group and make emphatic
statements of our concerns and what we will not tolerate (haul routes
& costs to taxpayers, cumulative impacts on quality of life,
environment, health & safety, property values, risks to
Source Waters, wildlife, agricultural lands and so much else.
Here's a few thoughts to start with:
Ontario Stone, Sand &
And Gravel Association (OSSGA)
comments on Ontario Municipal Board appeals by
aggregate companies (one day it'll be the Bumstead appeal):
"Limits on Appeals
of Official Plan Decisions Would not Adequately Protect the
Province’s Interest in Aggregates
our experience, municipal decision
-makers can be
susceptible to focusing on local interests at the expense of broader
provincial interests when it comes to aggregates.
Despite the importance of aggregates to the Province as a whole,
individual communities or local stakeholders may prefer
that the extraction of such resources take place
elsewhere. In these circumstances, appeals to the OMB are essential,
as the politically expedient decisions of a municipal council or
approval authority, may not represent good planning in regard to the
provincial interest in aggregates."
6. Essential materials for building a strong Ontario
The Role of the Citizens’ Liaison Office Should be
"While OSSGA believes that funding citizen
groups would not be an appropriate use of resources..."
Clearly, OSSGA is not amiable towards the concerns of
host Communities. Our questions and comments to the CSC Feb. 4
can include questioning its relationship to OSSGA and how it
can possibly mediate Community concerns when OSSGA, this powerful
industry association, is such a negative force.
In the above link you'll read another comment by
OSSGA which is of concern to us. Please note that the bolding
of the 2 items is OSSGA's emphasis is theirs, not ours. This
indicates the strength of their opposition to any considerations to
the Communities hosting gravel pits. That's why we have to pay
attention and go to this meeting.....
I note that MPAC has retroactively reassessed gravel
pits to a lower value and this is substantially effecting residential
tax rates in rural municipalities. I expect to be writing more about
this in the near future however here is is a short article about the
impact upon one rural community.
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