Council of Prince Edward County
On September 10, 2019, Council adopted the following motion to amend the Official Plan and Zoning By-laws of Prince Edward County to permit the extraction of up to 20,000 tons of sand and aggregate annually from a ninth pit to be opened on the Ridge Road:
- THAT the supplemental report of the Development Services Department dated September 10, 2019 regarding Zoning By-law Amendment No. Z71-17 and OPA2-17 located in Part Lots 6 & 7, Concession 1 Military Tract, Ward of Hallowell be received.
- THAT the report of the Development Services Department dated August 21, 2019 regarding Zoning By-law Amendment No. Z71-17 and OPA2-17 located in Part Lots 6 & 7, Concession 1 Military Tract, Ward of Hallowell be received;
- THAT the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry be requested to include prescriptive Notes onto the approved licensing Site Plan under the Aggregate Resources Act, as indicated in this report;
- THAT the By-law pertaining to OPA2-17 and the Zoning By-law Amendment Z71-17 be approved; and
- THAT regular on-going monitoring of the water table via data-logging be a part of the Adaptive Management Plan for the Greenridge Farm Pit.
Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry (MNRF)
On September 11 and September 23, 2019, the Applicants for a licence to operate the Green Ridge Farm Pit on Ridge Road were supposed to have issued Notice to Objectors and their Notice of Objector Response to 95 citizens, who had objected to the licence application during a 45 day window in 2018.
By the closing date of October 21, 2019, at least 15 letters of objections to the licence application had been forwarded to the Applicant and the MNRF. The MNRF is awaiting the Applicant’s response to these objections, before making a decision on the licence application.
In the News
- WCIA also has distinguished legacy in Prince Edward County, The Picton Gazette, September 19, 2019
- Council approves Ridge Rd. pit operation, The Picton Gazette, September 12, 2019
- Sand and Gravel pit approved in County, monitoring of water continues, InQuinte, September 11, 2019
- No argument between water supply versus building materials, The Picton Gazette, September 5, 2019
- One big hole, The Wellington Times, September 4, 2019
- Prime agriculture, The Wellington Times, September 4, 2019
- Proposed pit will be private enterprise, The Picton Gazette, August 26, 2019
- Council defers decision on re-zoning application for aggregate pit, The Picton Gazette, August 26, 2019
- Digging deep, The Wellington Times, August 28, 2019
An application is currently pending before the Prince Edward County Council to amend the County’s Official Plan and Zoning By-laws to permit the extraction of up to 20,000 tons of sand and aggregate annually from a pit to be dug on the current site of Green Ridge Farms on the Ridge Road.
After disregarding the issue for many months, Council seems intent on rushing through its approval of a development that threatens our water supply. To learn how you can help – please read our background document.
The Matter Before Council
Members of Council have considered the applications publicly on two occasions:
- Planning Public Council Meeting on May 16, 2018 (required under Ontario’s Planning Act)
- Planning Public Council Meeting, Committee of the Whole Meeting, and Council Meeting on August 21, 2019.
In the series of meetings on August 21st, Council was scheduled to vote on the recommendation of the County’s Services Development Department to approve the application. Instead, written submissions and oral deputations from citizens raised for Mayor Ferguson “questions that demand a response” from the Services Development Department. A majority of Councillors voted in favour of the Mayor’s motion to defer further consideration of the matter to the Council Meeting on September 10, 2019.
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