FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 9, 2013
C.A.M.P. to Speak at back-to-back Council Meetings Re. Proposed 293 acre Gravel Pit
CAMP (Citizens Against the Melville Pit) will send a delegation to appear before Orangeville Town Council on August the 12th at 7:00pm, and Caledon Town Council on August 13th at 1:00pm. CAMP, a newly formed Residents Association, will explain their opposition to the huge gravel pit proposed near Melville. This operation would use 11,783,232 litres of water weekly and increase hourly traffic by 40 trucks causing noise, congestion and air pollution.
At the Orangeville Town Council meeting, CAMP will inform Orangeville citizens who are presently unaware of the pit proposal, of the impact that this pit would have on their community. CAMP will ask for the council’s support in informing the community and helping to prevent food producing land from being turned into an industrial site.
At the Caledon Town Council meeting, CAMP is requesting a deferral of the Council’s consideration of the applications to amend the Town’s Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw from ‘Rural Agricultural Area’ to ‘Extractive Industrial Area’. The application to rezone the land comes from Olympia Sand & Gravel Ltd. who is seeking approval to operate a sand and gravel pit on the site. The ARA (Aggregate Resources Act) and PPS (Provincial Policy Statement) are currently under review by the Provincial Government, and to make a decision prior to the likely amendment of these matters would be premature. CAMP will request Council to defer decisions regarding the approval for the pit until after the review by the Government is complete. Further to that, CAMP is requesting to extend the deadline for public inquiry on the proposal past the current set date of August 23, 2013.
The proposed pit would be the third largest in Caledon, and among the largest in all Ontario, negatively impacting the health of citizens, ecosystems, and infrastructure. The site is located one kilometer south of Orangeville in North Caledon between Dufferin-County Rd. 109, Willoughby Rd., Highpoint Sdrd and Regional Road 136.
Citizens Against the Melville Pit (C.A.M.P.) is a group of concerned ctizens committed to preventing the unneccessary loss of food producing land to single interest aggregate companies. CAMP does not believe that open pit mines belong in residential areas.
Contact: Samantha Asher: firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 519-942-5925