Fowler Construction Company Ltd. - Issuance of a licence to remove over 20,000 tonnes of aggregate annually from a pit or a quarry

Instrument type: Issuance of a licence to remove over 20,000 tonnes of aggregate annually from a pit or a quarry

ERO number
013-2788
Ministry reference number
MNRF INST 17/18
Notice type
Instrument
Act
Aggregate Resources Act, R.S.O. 1990
Posted by
Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
Notice stage
Proposal Updated
Proposal posted
Comment period
April 30, 2018 - June 14, 2018 (45 days) Closed
Last updated

Update Announcement

This notice was updated on October 29, 2020 to advise the public that there has been no change to the status of the proposal and it is still being considered. No additional opportunity for comment is being provided for at this time.

October 29, 2020

This consultation was open from:

April 30, 2018
to June 14, 2018

Proposal summary

Fowler Construction Company Ltd. has applied for a Class "A" licence Category 2 Quarry Below Water to excavate aggregate from a quarry of 8.7 hectares in size.

Location details

Site location details

7723 Rama Road, RR #5, Part Lot 40, Broken Front Concession, Geographic Township of Rama, Township of Ramara, County of Simcoe

The site is adjacent to the north boundary of Aggregate Resources Act (ARA) license #3581.

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Proponent(s)

Fowler Construction Company Ltd.
1206 Rosewarne Drive
Bracebridge, ON
P1L 1T9
Canada

Proposal details

Description of instrument

Fowler Construction Company Ltd. has applied for a Class "A" licence Category 2 Quarry Below Water to excavate aggregate from a quarry of 8.7 hectares in size.

This application is for the establishment of an extension to the existing quarry (Licence #3581). The annual tonnage condition applied for is 300,000 tonnes/annum in combination with Licence #3581.

Other information

Fowler Construction Company Ltd. currently operates one (1) adjoining sites under the authority of licence Licence #3581 under the Aggregate Resources Act (ARA). The annual tonnage condition for this licence is 300,000 tonnes, and the total area currently licensed is 17.4 hectares.

The extraction of aggregate from a pit or quarry on private land designated by regulation, in the Province of Ontario, requires the issuance of a licence. The Aggregate Resources of Ontario Provincial Standards Version 1 (Provincial Standards) sets out the application process and requirements.

For each new licence, the applicant must provide information (i.e. site plan, summary statement, technical reports) with respect to the existing features, operation and rehabilitation of the site to demonstrate that the proposed operation will minimize adverse impact on the environment. This information is prepared in accordance with the category being applied for under the Provincial Standards.

For this proposal, the following are available for viewing at the MNRF office listed below:

  • Site Plan for Proposed Fleming Quarry Extension
  • Site Plan for Existing Fleming Quarry
  • Planning Justification Report and Aggregate Resources Act Summary Statement (MHBC)
  • D-4 Landfill Impact Assessment (Terraprobe Inc.)
  • Cultural Heritage Resources Report - Stage 1 and 2 Archaeological Assessment (Golder Associates) and accompanying clearance letter from the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport
  • Supplementary Documents for Stage 1 and 2 Archaeological Assessment (Golder Associates)
  • Natural Environment Report Level 1 and 2 Assessment (Riverstone Environmental Solutions Inc.)
  • Noise Impact Analysis (Valcoustics Canada Ltd.)
  • Blast Impact Analysis (Explotech)
  • Traffic Impact Study (TMIG); and
  • Level 1 and 2 Hydrogeological and Hydrological Assessments (Golder Associates)

The Site Plan addresses existing features of the pit and/or quarry area (e.g. existing natural features and land use on and surrounding the site within 120m); the proposed operation (e.g. shape, dimensions, area and depth to be excavated, method of extraction); and progressive and final rehabilitation.

The Summary Statement includes information on one or more of the following considerations: land use planning, agricultural classification, quality and quantity of aggregate, haul routes, truck traffic and entrance permits, progressive and final rehabilitation, surface water, and elevation of the established groundwater table.

The Natural Environment report determines the presence of significant natural heritage features/areas and fish habitat and ensures that any necessary preventative, mitigative or remedial measures are undertaken for their protection. A Level 1 report identifies if the features are on-site or within 120 metres of the site. If features are identified, then an impact assessment (i.e. Natural Environment Level 2 report) is prepared to determine any negative impacts on the natural features or ecological functions, and any proposed preventative, mitigative or remedial measures.

A Hydrogeological level 1 report is a preliminary evaluation to determine the final extraction depth relative to the established groundwater table(s) and the potential for adverse effects to groundwater and surface water resources and their uses. If the level 1 report identifies a potential adverse effect resulting from the operation, then an impact assessment (level 2 report) is required to determine the significance of the effect and the feasibility of mitigation.

The purpose of a Cultural Heritage Resources report is to ensure that significant archaeological resources are identified, assessed for their significance, and protected (i.e. preserved or collected).

A Noise Assessment report is prepared if extraction and/or processing facilities are within 150 metres (for pit applications) or 500 metres (for quarry applications) of a sensitive receptor defined by the Provincial Standards. The report is required to determine whether provincial guidelines can be satisfied.

A Blast Design report is prepared if a sensitive receptor, defined by the Provincial Standards, is based within 500 metres of the limit of extraction for a quarry application. The report is required to determine whether provincial guidelines can be satisfied.

Comments received through EBR should not be construed as an objection under the Aggregate Resources Act in accordance with section 4.0 – Notification and Consultation Standards of the Provincial Standards 1.0 under the ARA. To be considered as a formal objector, individuals need to contact the MNRF person specified on this notice to determine how to submit an objection.

Other public consultation opportunities

As specified in the Aggregate Resources Act, written notice concerning this application was delivered to landowners within 120 metres of the proposed licenced boundary; an information sign, giving notice to the public of this application, was erected at the proposed site; and a Notice of Application appeared in the local paper, Orillia Today on March 27, 2018. A public information session will be held on Friday, April 27, 2018 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Washago Community Centre, 4361 Hamilton Street, Washago, Ontario.

The application for this licence is being circulated within the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Midhurst District office. Additionally, notification of this application has been forwarded to the County of Simcoe, the Township of Ramara and the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change.

Additionally, information related to this proposal is available from the following municipal office(s):

Township of Ramara
2297 ON-12,
Brechin, ON
L0K 1B0
705-484-5374
Fax: 705-484-0441

Supporting materials

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MNRF - ROD - Integrated Aggregate Operations Section
Address

300 Water Street
4th Floor, South tower
Peterborough, ON
K9J 3C7
Canada

Comment

Commenting is now closed.

The comment period was from April 30, 2018
to June 14, 2018

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Brent Armstrong

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MNRF - ROD - Integrated Aggregate Operations Section
Address

300 Water Street
4th Floor, South tower
Peterborough, ON
K9J 3C7
Canada

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