Greenwood Aggregates Proposed Violet Hill Gravel Pit
On July 15, 2016 Greenwood Aggregates Limited filed applications to the Town for Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw Amendments on their lands described as Part Lots 30, 31 and 32, Concession 4 EHS, in the Violet Hill area of Mono, for the purpose of establishing a gravel pit on the site. As stated in Greenwood's Aggregate Resource Act Summary Statement, the proposed Violet Hill Gravel Pit anticipates extracting up to 1,000,000 tonnes annually with a projected lifespan of approximately 30 years.
Application for gravel pit submitted to Town
Greenwood Aggregates Limited submitted an application for Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw Amendments to allow a gravel pit on their property on the 30th Sideroad between the 3rd & 4th Lines EHS.
Town determines application incomplete
The application submitted by Greenwood was premised on direct access to Highway 89, which is a Controlled Access Highway and therefore subject to approval by the Ministry of Transportation (MTO). MTO issued correspondence confirming that direct access is not available. As such, the Town considers the application incomplete until the Ministry confirms direct access is available to Highway 89 or Greenwood develops revised plans with a revised Traffic Report detailing alternative routes via Town and/or Dufferin County roads.
The Planning Department also identified the need for a Cultural Heritage/Visual Assessment Study and Lighting Plan as two additional matters that were not submitted as part of the original submission; both required by the Town and County Official Plans.
Greenwood to Appeal Town's decision to OMB
Greenwood Aggregates informed the Town of their intention to appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board the Town's determination that Greenwood's application was incomplete.
Greenwood to hold Public Information Session for Application for Licence under Aggregate Resource Act
Greenwood Aggregates have applied to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry for a Class A licence to permit extraction of up to one million tonnes per year from their properties.
Greenwood announced that they would be hosting a Public Information Session on Wednesday October 26th, 2016 from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. at Mono Community Centre. This Public Information Session is being held by Greenwood in accordance with the Aggregate Resource Act which is a separate process from the municipal Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw Amendment process. The Town determined on August 5th, 2016 that Greenwood's application for an Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw Amendment to be incomplete as previously noted.
Greenwood holds Public Information Session at Mono Community Centre
Greenwood Aggregates held a public information session at Mono Community Centre on October 26th from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. The Aggregate Resource Act requires that applicants, in this case Greenwood Aggregates, hold such meetings as part of the application process. The meeting gave Greenwood an opportunity to respond to public concerns and answer any questions raised during the session.
Responses submitted under Aggregate Resource Act Licence Application
Individuals and agencies had until November 14, 2016 to file a response to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNR) to Greenwood's application under the Aggregate Resource Act. The Town of Mono, NEC, NVCA, MTO & the Southern Region, Regional Operations Division of the MNR all submitted letters. The MNR also received approximately 380 letters from individuals.
Proposals by Greenwood Aggregates to address MTO's Concerns re: Access to Hwy 89
C.C. Tatham & Associates Ltd., on behalf of Greenwood Aggregates, submitted to the MTO four options to address MTO's concerns regarding access to Hwy 89 for the proposed gravel pit.
Greenwood Aggregates' Response to MNR's Letter of Objection
Greenwood Aggregates submitted their response to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (Regional Operations Division - Midhurst)'s letter of objection dated November 10, 2106.
- Greenwood Aggregates' response to the MNR's Letter of Objection
MTO's Response to Greenwood's proposals re: Access to Hwy 89
The MTO submitted their response to Greenwood Aggregates letter dated December 22, 2016 where Greenwood suggested several options to address concerns regarding access to Hwy 89.
- MTO's response to Greenwood's proposals regarding Hwy 89 access
Gravel Pit Details
Links & Resources
- Greenwood Aggregates Limited
- Violet Hill Gravel Pit Licence Application
- Violet Hill Gravel Pit Proposal Documents
- Application for Official Plan & Zoning Bylaw Amendment
- Town of Mono Official Plan
- Town of Mono Zoning Bylaw
- Town of Mono Planning (Official Plan & Zoning) Map
- Aggregate Resource Act
- Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNR)
- Ministry of Transportation (MTO)
- Ontario Aggregate Resources
- Ontario Municipal Board (OMB)
- Mono Mulmur Citizens' Coalition
- Protect Mono
As Reported in the Media
- MTO objects to Mono gravel pit proposal as OMB hearing looms
- Orangeville Banner | November 30, 2016
- Mono Council files objection to proposed Violet Hill gravel pit
- Orangeville Citizen | November 23, 2016
- Quarry in Dufferin County is meeting some public concern
- CTV Barrie | October 26, 2016
- Public info session set for million tonne aggregate plan in Mono
- Orangeville Banner | October 19, 2016
- Advocacy group digs in its heels
- Orangeville Banner | May 17, 2016
- Protect Mono gaining community support
- Orangeville Citizen | August 20, 2014
- ‘Protect Mono’ group blankets town with brochure opposing plans for pit
- Orangeville Citizen | July 30, 2014
- Mono residents draw line against potential pit site
- Orangeville Citizen | May 14, 2014