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About JDCL’s Reid Road Reservoir Quarry proposal
In August 2018, the Region became aware of an Aggregate Resources Act application to the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry 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 the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry through a Joint Agency Review Team (JART) process.
In September 2018, the Region issued a Letter of Objection to the proponent and to the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry (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 effects 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 Region, The Town of Milton and Conservation Halton provided detailed comments through the JART review process to JDCL and to the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry 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.
JART staff from Halton Region, the Town of Milton and Conservation Halton have been assessing updated information that JDCL provided to JART members as a response to their individual objections. JART has met with the proponent and investigated the range of issues and objections raised by the organizations through the JART review process. This has resulted in updated information being posted to the proponent’s public website and a number of alterations to the proposed quarry, including a reduced scale of extraction and mitigation and contingency measures for quarrying. Conservation Halton, the Town of Milton, and Halton Region continue to have ongoing objections to the proposed quarry as noted in their objection and response letters. Conversations with the proponent continued as mandated by the Aggregate Resources Act (ARA).
The following documents contain technical input only and do not represent Councils position at this time:
Second Round Technical Review
Halton Region received JDCL’s reply to the JART comments in fall 2020:
Staff from Halton Region, the Town of Milton, and Conservation Halton are in the process of reviewing the replies and updated site plans submitted by JDCL.
JDCL has now added an application update to their website. For a list of the original studies and application updates, please visit their website.
Provincial Environmental Assessment
At its meeting of September 11, 2019, Council adopted a resolution calling for a Provincial environmental assessment for the Reid Road Reservoir Quarry proposal (PDF file), to be led by the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. On July 30, 2021, the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks designated the proposed quarry as an undertaking under the Environmental Assessment Act (external link). This study places the proposed quarry into an additional approvals process through that Ministry as detailed in the Regulation approved by the Province (external link).
Halton Region, the Town of Milton, and Conservation Halton have been invited to participate in the Government Review Team to provide comment and input on technical information that would be produced by James Dick Construction Limited.
The Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Resources and Forestry have confirmed the Aggregate Resources Act process is now on hold, awaiting the outcome of the environmental assessment process. The environmental assessment has not yet been launched by James Dick Construction Limited. Updates will be provided should the project status change.
The staff contact for this project is:
Joe Nethery, Manager of Priority Development Projects
Planning Tel: 905-825-6000 Ext. 3035
Planning Fax: 905-825-8822
Toll-free Tel: 1-866-4HALTON (1-866-442-5866)