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Mineral Aggregates

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Halton Region is home to a number of mineral aggregate operations - pits and quarries. Learn about policies, licensing and applications under review.

Mineral aggregates refer to pits and quarries that provide sand, gravel and bedrock used in roads and building construction. In 2016, there were 22 licensed aggregate sites in Halton Region. Most of the pits and quarries are located along the Niagara Escarpment.

Policies and licensing

Aggregate sites are licensed under the Aggregate Resources Act. The Halton Regional Official Plan contains policies that deal with public safety, environmental impacts, and the protection of natural heritage, agriculture, as well as ground and surface water.

Approval for new and expanded licenses

While the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry approves licenses for new or expanded aggregate operations, approvals from different agencies are required including:

Halton Region and the agencies review applications through a Joint Agency Review Team (JART) process. This team undertakes the technical review of studies submitted in support of aggregate applications such as:

  • Hydrogeology
  • Planning justification
  • Archaeology
  • Air
  • Noise
  • Blasting
  • Natural heritage
  • Cultural heritage and archaeology
  • Traffic

Together, the agencies share information and expertise, collaborate, and engage the public at early stages of an application.

Applications

Halton Region reviews applications for aggregate operations internal and external to Halton Region.

James Dick Construction Ltd. is proposing a new 39.4 hectare quarry within the Township of Guelph/Eramosa, on the north side of Highway 7, immediately adjacent to lands within the Town of Milton, and approximately 7.5 km west of Acton (Town of Halton Hills).

Applications to amend the Wellington County Official Plan and Township of Guelph/Eramosa Zoning By-law, plus a corresponding Aggregate Resources Act application, were submitted to those municipalities to permit a new Category 2, Class ‘A’ aggregate operation on these lands. Halton Region, the Town of Milton, and Town of Halton Hills participated in those processes as affected municipalities.

In July 2019, the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) hearing on the Aggregate Resources Act and Planning Act applications concluded. Halton Region is awaiting the decision on that hearing to determine any next steps.

Reports to Regional Council

Staff Contact

The staff contact for this project is:

Adam Huycke, Senior Planner
Planning Tel: 905-825-6000 Ext. 7604
Planning Fax: 905-825-8822
Toll-free Tel: 1-866-4HALTON (1-866-442-5866)
TTY: 905-827-9833

In August 2018, the Region became aware of an Aggregate Resources Act application to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) by James Dick Construction Limited (JDCL) for a new quarry at Reid Side Road and Twiss Road in Milton, to reactivate the former Woodlawn Guelph Campbellville Pit. JDCL has applied for a Class A Category 1 & 2 licence covering 29.4 hectares (73 acres) with an extraction area of 25.7 hectares (63.5 acres) for sand, gravel, and bedrock. The maximum annual tonnage is proposed to be 990,000 tonnes. No corresponding Planning Act applications have been filed. Halton Region, the Town of Milton, and Conservation Halton are participating in the Aggregate Resources Act application process managed by MNRF through a joint agency review team (JART) process.

In September 2018, the Region issued a Letter of Objection to the proponent and to MNRF (PDF file). The September 2018 Letter of Objection outlined twenty-four, high-level issues with the proposed application covering the following themes:

  • The potential effects of the operation of the proposed pit and quarry on the environment have not been adequately addressed
  • The potential effects of the operation of the proposed pit and quarry on nearby communities have not been adequately addressed
  • The suitability of the progressive rehabilitation and final rehabilitation plans for the site have not been adequately addressed
  • The potential effects on ground and surface water resources including on drinking water sources and private wells have not been adequately addressed
  • Detailed consideration should be given to planning and land use matters
  • Three miscellaneous issues

JDCL responded to Halton Region in a letter dated December 11, 2018. Staff provided an update to Halton Region Council at its meeting of March 27, 2019. The staff report provided a summary of the September Letter of Objection, as well as a reference map and JDCL’s reply to Halton’s September letter.

JDCL triggered a 20-day reply period in a letter dated April 29, 2019 (PDF file). Halton Region provided a reply letter within that period (PDF file), identifying that objections raised in September 2018 had not been resolved.

Halton, Milton, and Conservation Halton provided detailed comments through JART review to JDCL and MNRF on July 31, 2019. The cover letter summarizing key thematic issues with JDCL’s submission was supplemented by a detailed comment table prepared by staff and retained consultants.

Halton Region awaits next steps from either JDCL or MNRF on the continued review of this application.

Staff Contact

The staff contact for this project is:

Joe Nethery, Manager of Community Planning
Planning Tel: 905-825-6000 Ext. 3035
Planning Fax: 905-825-8822
Toll-free Tel: 1-866-4HALTON (1-866-442-5866)
TTY: 905-827-9833

The Nelson Quarry is located to the west of the hamlet of Mount Nemo in the City of Burlington. Applications were filed by Nelson Quarry from 2005-2012 requesting a Regional Official Plan Amendment to land south of the quarry.

The following reports relate to the applications made during that time period.

Staff Contact

The staff contact for this project is:

Joe Nethery, Manager of Community Planning
Planning Tel: 905-825-6000 Ext. 3035
Planning Fax: 905-825-8822
Toll-free Tel: 1-866-4HALTON (1-866-442-5866)
TTY: 905-827-9833

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