Melville Pit referenced in Dec 16/15 Novae Res Urbis, GTA Edition.

Direct extract from this development industry newsletter

 

In a November 26 decision, board member Susan de Avellar Schiller allowed an appeal, in part, by Citizens Against the

Melville Pit of the Town of Caledon’s approval of applications for offi cial plan and zoning by-law amendments by Olympia

Sand and Gravel to allow a gravel pit at Lot 27 and 28, Concession 2 WHS. Olympia also sought a license to remove

aggregate under the Aggregate Resources Act which Caledon opposed primarily to ensure certain conditions were met.

Olympia and Caledon settled their issues regarding the license.

 

Planner Debra Kakaria (MHBC) provided evidence on behalf of Olympia, testifying that the planning instruments

are consistent with the Provincial Policy Statement, Greenbelt Plan, and official plans of Peel Region and the Town of Caledon.

 

Planner Anthony Usher (Anthony Usher Planning Consultant) provided evidence on behalf of the citizen’s group, testifying that

he had no objection to the proposed license or official plan and zoning by-law amendments subject to there being no aggregate

washing that takes water from the site unless a permit to take water was issued by the Ministry of Environment and Climate

Change. This reflected the citizen’s group’s overarching concerns about an adequate supply of water to support accessory aggregate

washing without significant negative impacts. The board agreed and modified the operational site plan to reflect this condition.

 

The board accepted the evidence provided by Kakaria and Usher, allowing the official plan and zoning by-law amendments

and directing the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry to issue a license to remove aggregates. The board also allowed the

appeal by the citizen group, in part, and ordered a condition be included in the operation site plan.

 

Solicitors involved in this decision were David White (Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP) representing Olympia Sand and

Gravel Ltd., Eric Gillespie and Priyanka Vittal (Eric Gillespie K. Professional Corporation) representing Citizens Against the Melville

Pit Inc. and Christopher Williams (Aird & Berlis LLP) and Judy Bang representing the Town of Caledon. (See OMB Case No. PL140079.)

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