Tiny to hold public meeting on Sarjeant plan for gravel pit near Site 41
The Township of Tiny has sent out a notice of a public meeting regarding proposed Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw amendments to allow the Sarjeant Company to extract gravel at the end of French Road, north of Highway 27 (a few kilometres east of Site 41).
The meeting will be held October 13 at 7 p.m, at the Tiny Township Municipal Office, 130 Balm Beach Road West.
The Sarjeant Company is applying for land in the Waverley uplands region to be rezoned from from Agriculture and Rural to Mineral Aggregate.
This is the second of two parcels of land that Sarjeant wants approved for gravel pit development. Stephen Ogden attended an earlier Ontario Municipal Board hearing this past August to argue against a Sarjeant application for rezoning of a parcel east of the subject property (already approved by Tiny Township Council).
Ogden argued that until a complete scientific review has been undertaken and the calibrated model is released it would be totally irresponsible to move ahead with such a zoning change. The OMB has yet to rule on that application.
The Ontario Ministry of the Environment has taken the position that the development of these lands will not interfere with groundwater at adjacent lands. (MOE hydrogeologist Jeff Markle is the expert who has provided assurance that there will be no negative effects on the upward gradients at Site 41 without ever seeing the calibrated model).
The County of Simcoe has given the green light for the gravel pit development.
To date, the Severn Sound Environmental Association has not completed any scientific research into the Waverley uplands and the water movement there.
Tiny Township Council has yet to make a decision on the most recent application.
Should there be an appeal of council’s decision, the OMB might refuse, at any subsequent hearing, to hear from any person who has not made a verbal or written presentation to the township prior to its decision.
Materials are available for inspection at the municipal office. For more information, call Tiny Township at (705) 526-4204, reference files ’06/D09-20771 and ’06/D14-20770.