Due to an error during the initial ARA consultation period the applicant is voluntarily re-starting the ARA consultation process. A new virtual public information session was held on May 9, 2023, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. via Microsoft teams. To participate in the session please contact Corbin.Sweet@gmblueplan.ca for an invitation. Comments will be collected until June 27, 2023, please directed them to Corbin Sweet. The ERO consultation process will not be reopened for further comments. If you have already submitted a comment through the registry, we have received your comment and there is no need to resubmit.
This consultation was open from:
January 18, 2023
to March 31, 2023
JT Excavating Ltd. has applied for a licence to operate a pit above the water table in the Municipality of West Grey.
Site location details
Municipality of West Grey, County of Grey
Lot 22, Concession 5, Geographic Township of Bentinck.
This site has coordinates at Latitude 44.21° N Longitude -80.93° W.
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JT Excavating Ltd.
615 Aspen Street South
JT Excavating Ltd. has applied for a Class A licence, Pit Above Water, to excavate aggregate from a pit of 35.72 hectares in size with an extraction area of 22.89 hectares.
This application is for the establishment of a new pit. The annual tonnage condition applied for is 300,000 tonnes.
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. Ontario Regulation 244/97 and the Aggregate Resources of Ontario Standards set out the application process and requirements.
For each new licence, the applicant must provide information (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.
For this proposal, the following information has been prepared and submitted to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF):
- Site plan
- Summary Statement
- Natural Environment Report
- Cultural Heritage Report
- Maximum Predicted Water Table Report
The Site Plan addresses existing features of the pit and/or quarry area (existing natural features and land use on and surrounding the site within 120 meters); the proposed operation (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 identifies the presence of significant natural heritage features/areas that exist on the site or within 120 meters of the site. Where any of the features or areas have been identified, the report must identify and evaluate any negative impacts on the features or areas and ecological functions, and identify any proposed preventative, mitigative or remedial measures. The report must also identify if the application site or any of the features are located within a natural heritage system that has been identified by a municipality in ecoregions 6E and 7E or by the province as part of a provincial plan.
The Cultural Heritage Report must be consistent with provincial requirements under the Ontario Heritage Act and the Provincial Policy Statement. Screening checklists evaluating the potential for archaeological resources, built heritage and cultural heritage landscapes, with supporting documentation, is required. Where screening indicates that assessments are requirement to be completed, the assessment reports and letters from the Ministry of Tourism, Cultural and Sport must be obtained.
A report must be prepared that details how the maximum predicted water table is identified in metres above sea level, relative to the proposed depth of excavation at the site. Applications proposing to excavate below the maximum predicted water table must complete a Water Report. Level 1 determines the potential for impacts to ground water and surface water resources and their uses. If the Level 1 identifies a potential for impacts resulting from the operation, then an impact assessment (Level 2) is required to determine the significance of the effect and potential for mitigation.
The Ministry reviews all comments received through the Environmental Registry and the notification and consultation process under the Aggregate Resources Act (ARA) and considers them before making a decision. Comments received through the Environmental Registry are considered by the Ministry however, the process under the ARA is proponent driven. This means that comments for consideration by the applicant under the ARA process must be submitted to the applicant and the Ministry during the 60-day consultation period initiated by the applicant.
Details of the application process can be found in Ontario Regulation 244/97 under the ARA and on the Ministry website at aggregate resources\ontario.ca. Many regulatory changes for new applications took effect on April 1, 2021. This means that applications submitted after March 31, 2021 must meet the new requirements in Ontario Regulation 244/97 and Aggregate Resources of Ontario Standards.
Public consultation opportunities
Written notice concerning this application was delivered to landowners within 120 meters of the proposed licensed boundary; an information sign, giving notice to the public of this application, was erected at the proposed site; and a Public Notice of Application appeared in the local papers, the Hanover Post and Owen Sound Sun Times on January 26, 2023.
A public information session will be held on February 7, 2023, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Lamlash Hall located at 421608 Concession 6 NDR, Elmwood, ON N0G1S0.
The application for this licence is being circulated within the MNRF. Additionally, notification of this application has been forwarded to the County of Grey, Municipality of West Grey, Ministry of Environment Conservation and Parks, and the Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority, for comment.
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