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Please contact adjtosnogravelpit@gmail.com or 705-435-4355 to donate by cash or send a cheque to 996035 Mulmur/Tosorontio Townline, Rosemont, L0N 1R0.

Events

FUNDRAISING:

At the Circle Theatre     in Alliston      An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power                  by Al Gore

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 6, 7 - 2pm & 7:30pm

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    Pre-Winter          Get-Together           Saturday November 18th

Adj/Tos Municipal Offices  

9am - 11am Pancake Breakfast

9am to noon Christmas Wreath Sale

10am to 11am CCAT Annual General Meeting

 

See details on flyer

 

 

The final 3 week OMB Hearing

will begin on:

Tuesday November 7th, 2017 

Municipal Council Chambers
Adjala/Tosorontio Township Office
7855 30th Sideroad Adjala

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MEMBERSHIPS

CCAT Inc 2017 Membership

cards now available

Contact adjtosnogravelpit@gmail.com

or 705-435-4355

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SIGNS

"NOGRAVELPIT.COM in AdjTos" signs

  - are available for $10 each -

         - free delivery for 4 or more -

            

- also available at :

         Somerville Nurseries

         5884 County Road 13

        OR see contacts above

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PowerPoint Presentations

August 20th Powerpoint

Feb 2015 Presentation

Technical Considerations (Clint MacDonald) April 14, 2015

Everett Rate Payers Association April 14, 2015

Objections Overview April 14, 2015

Letters of Objection

County of Simcoe and Ministry of Natural Resources

Nottawasaga Conservation Authority

Engineeering Reports

Burnside Report

Further Reading

Gravel is NOT in short supply

 


Adjala-Tosorontio Proposed Gravel Pit

 

CCAT Video Objection 

  

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GOFUNDME: https://www.gofundme.com/no-gravelpit

"Our Major Concerns

"Honour Recognition Roll"


NOT "Just another gravel pit!" 

 

Here are the facts....

The Nelson Aggregate Co. applied for a zoning change and license to extract 1,000,000 tons of sand and gravel per year from below the established water table on 180 acres in the middle of our community (at the north west corner of County Rd 13 and Sideroad 5) on a property with a highly vulnerable aquifer, and a river and a creek running through it. This property has woodlands and unprotected wetlands, and is part of a flood plain. It is also the nesting grounds for Bobolinks and other threatened bird species, and the Boyne River is an important fish spawning ground. It is bordered by a number of private residences and two important local community businesses (Somerville Nurseries and The Alliston and District Humane Society). If approved, this pit will operate 6 days a week, from 6am to 7pm, adding approximately 1,000 extra truck trips per day to the traffic on our roads.

There are numerous possible/probable adverse effects and financial/tax costs to our community (see Possible Costs & Effects Flyer below), and very little, if any, benefit.

The history of our fight...

  In January 2015 the Nelson Aggregate Co. announced it's application for this pit.

 -There were 142 objections to Nelson's submissions due to technical errors, inconsistencies, or omissions noted by Burnside Engineering, the Nottawasaga Conservation Authority (NVCA) and the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNRF).

  More than 160 objection letters were sent to Nelson and the MNRF. 

 Hundreds of protestors came out to two large public meetings to object to the proposal. Adj/Tos Municipal Council was repeatedly asked, "What are the benefits to our community??" To date this question has never been answered.

In October 2015, before council was even obliged to vote, without ever discussing the subject in a group, before the expected MNRF and NVCA reports were even received, and in the process breaking four By-laws from their own Official Plan, our Municipal Council voted 5 to 2 in favour of the Nelson rezoning application.

 In January 0f 2016, the Council of the County of Simcoe, whose members had all received information regarding the detrimental effects of this proposed pit, chose instead to take the advice of Adj/Tos Mayor Mary Small-Brett, and also voted in favour.

CCAT Inc. (Concerned Citizens in Adjala-Tosorontio) was created to fight this application and has appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board against the decisions made by the Adj/Tos Council and the Simcoe County Council, and is in the process of opposing Nelson at the OMB as well.

Due to CCAT's appeal, the zoning from Protected Aggregate to Industrial Aggregate is on hold until a decision is made by the OMB.  This is where we need your help. We need to raise funds to hire a quality lawyer who understands Municipal Law.

Please forward your email address to adjtosnogravelpit@gmail.com to be added to our mailing list for important updates

What else can you do?

- become a member of CCAT for $20

- donate funds

- help with fundraising events

- buy a lawn sign and spread the word

- come to meetings and show your support

- write letters to local papers

 

 Flyers

Possible Costs and Effects of the Proposal

 

  A GRAVEL PIT IS AN OPEN AREA OF LAND WHERE GRAVEL AND AGGREGATE IS EXCAVATED AND SHIPPED BY TRUCK TO CITIES. NATURAL VEGETATION, TOPSOIL AND SUBSOIL IS  REMOVED TO REACH THE AGGREGATE UNDERNEATH. THIS PROCESS HAS SIGNIFICANT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS, NOT TO MENTION FINANCIAL COSTS TO THE COMMUNITY.  GRAVEL PITS ARE CONSIDERED INTERIM USE OF LAND BUT CAN EXIST FOR YEARS. ONTARIO  REQUIRES 100% REHABILITATION OF PITS AND QUARRIES; HOWEVER, THIS HAS OCCURRED IN ONLY ONE OUT OF EVERY 2.3 ACRES EXCAVATED IN ONTARIO FROM 1995 TO 2005. USUALLY, THIS AREA IS SIMPLY FILLED WITH WATER!      

THE PREVIOUSLY PROPOSED MEGA QUARRY IN MELANCTON WAS TO BE 2,316 ACRES. YET, PIT‐RIDDLED CALEDON CURRENTLY HAS 3,800 ACRES OF LICENSED PITS AND QUARRY LANDS.  ADD PROPOSED PITS AND UNLICENSED LANDS OWNED BY QUARRY INTERESTS AND THIS  NUMBER JUMPS TO 4,600 ACRES:  TWICE THE SIZE OF MELANCTON! THIS HAPPENED BECAUSE SIZE AND CUMULATIVE IMPACT WERE NOT ADDRESSED BY CALEDON COUNCIL OVER YEARS OF APPLICATIONS. NOW WE ARE FACED WITH A SIMILAR ISSUE IN ADJ/TOS.  

GRAVEL PITS:  

  • cause long‐term environmental and ecological disturbances  
  • reduce the quantity and quality of our drinking water  
  • destroy animal and bird habitats through removal of vegetation and soil
  • contaminate rivers and deplete fish stock  
  • alter drainage patterns
  • spew aggregate dust from the site affecting the air we breath
  • damage our roads with heavy trucks and diesel leakage
  • increase property taxes to pay for our roads
  • receive returned trucks loaded with possibly contaminated materials from other sites
  • create noise pollution from the site machinery, crushers and truck travel  
  • will lower property values  
  • *(C.C. Tatham & Associates Ltd).  Alliston Aggregates, Traffic Review (2014) 

ADJALA/TOSORONTIO  5TH SIDEROAD AND COUNTY ROAD 13 

 

*TO GET INVOLVED - PLEASE CONTACT:  705-435-4355, E-mail: adjtosnogravelpit@gmail.com 

*SUBMIT OBJECTIONS BY LETTER OR E-MAIL  

Objection Letters Information:

  1. Subject: Objection to proposed Nelson/Lafarge Gravel Pit
     
  2. Addressed to: Honourable Mayor and Council Members 
     
  3. Emails Sent to:
    msmallbrett@adjtos.ca
    dlittle@adjtos.ca
    floydpinto@295.ca
    tundraathome@295.ca
    bobmeadows4ward3@outlook.com
    drose@adjtos.ca
    sanderson@adjtos.ca
    jtschekalin@adjtos.ca
    adjtosnogravelpit@gmail.com  
     
  4. include your full return mailing address

EVERYONE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR THE FUTURE OF OUR COMMUNITY AND PROVINCE