Olympia Sand and Gravel Ltd. has spent the last 9 years trying to get approvals for a massive gravel pit on 293 acres of farmland in Melville. If their application were to be approved then the Melville pit would be the third largest gravel pit in the Town of Caledon! Their application also seeks approval for the recycling of asphalt and concrete materials that would be trucked in from other locations for processing.
The sheer size of this pit and its close proximity to the Credit River, Town of Orangeville, Village of Alton and Hamlet of Melville presents significant threats to our water resources, the natural environment and our quality of life. That’s why this application has triggered such a broad backlash from residents to “Stop the Melville Pit”.
The approval for such a scheme requires amendments to the Town of Caledon Official Plan and Zoning Bylaws and an Aggregate License from the Ministry of Natural Resources. In December 2013 the Town of Caledon approved such changes and in January of this year we exercised our right of appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board. The application was heard by the OMB in July and the Board allowed the appeal by CAMP in part based on a Site Plan Amendment made by the applicant to not wash onsite.
We have a strong case to “Stop the Melville Pit” and Our Case is outlined on this website. We continue to make this case through legal representation and a number of technical experts, all of whom are experienced in helping citizens groups like us win cases like ours.
Presenting our case is expensive and our only source of funding is from concerned citizens like you. To stop the pit we need we need your donations to help cover the costs. We guarantee that 100% of all of what you donate will go towards fighting our case and that we will do all that is possible to win!