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Approval Process

As part of any comprehensive master planning process, there are a number of provincial, regional and municipal approvals that must be met, including:

  • Ontario Planning Act (PA)
  • License from the Ministry of Natural Resources under the provincial Aggregate Resources Act (ARA)
  • Niagara Escarpment Planning and Development Act (NEPDA) and Amendment
  • Niagara Escarpment Development Control Permit
  • Regional Official Plan Amendment
  • Local Official Plan Amendment
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment

The Streamlined Mineral Aggregate Review Protocol, which is an important component of the planning process, establishes a Joint Agency Review Team (JART) which is responsible for overseeing any pit or quarry applications to ensure that the process is handled in a coordinated, efficient manner.

Final Vision Planning Process - Land Rehabilitation

Effective rehabilitation of our valuable lands requires a tremendous amount of coordinated planning. The planning process must begin years and often decades in advance of project execution.

Quarry land rehabilitation efforts can include:

  • Ecological enhancement;
  • Increased local biodiversity; and
  • New lakes, marshes, wetlands, and grass meadows with mix of active and passive recreational uses covering dozens of hectares.

The strength of the Acton Quarry Vision is that it will transfer and rehabilitate land much faster because it will be done as part of a phased approach. For instance, in the short-term, some relatively underused lands will be converted to publicly-owned green space for recreational uses, ecotourism and ecological enhancements. In the long-term, Dufferin Aggregates will explore other quarry end uses based on planning principles that promote sustainable development, biodiversity and net environmental and recreational value.

How Does it Work?

There are four major stages in the Streamline Mineral Aggregate Review Process for pit or quarry applications. The blue box shows where in the process the Acton Quarry application currently stands:

Phase #1

  1. Pre-consultation
  2. Extensive Pre-consultation
  3. Establishment of a Joint Agency Review Team (JART)
  4. JART and Applicant Agreement on the Procedure
  5. Holding of Joint Public Information Meeting(s) 

Phase #2

  1. Formal Submission, Circulation and Review
  2. Formal Submission, Circulation and Initial Review
  3. Holding of Statutory Public Meetings
  4. Joint Agency Review and Analysis of Agency and Public Comments 

Phase #3

  1. Local/Regional Review and Decision Making
  2. Local and Regional Council Decision-Making and Possible Planning Act Appeals
  3. Niagara Escarpment Commission Decision Making and Possible NEPDA Appeals
  4. Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) or Joint Board (JB) Hearings 

Phase #4

  1. Provincial Approval
  2. Any necessary approvals implementing the decision 

We are here - October 27, 2015