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.
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)