10 results for tag: gravel


Pre-hearing next Wednesday on bid for large Mulmur pit

As featured in the Orangeville Citizen - Members of Conserve Our Rural Environment (CORE), a ratepayers’ organization that “monitors proposed land-use changes in Mulmur Township” will oppose the Arbour Farm aggregate application during a pre-hearing at the Township offices next Wednesday (July 8th). With a goal to ensure new developments are compatible with Mulmur’s rural environment, CORE believes that the application to extract aggregate below the water table from a large pit on the east side of Airport Road south of County Road 21 is a “grave traffic safety issue.” Arbour Farms has been pursuing a rezoning of its site and applying ...

Arbour Farms’ Gravel Pit Plan Resurfaces in Mulmur

It isn’t a mega quarry, but it is an application for an aggregate licence nonetheless. “That’s like comparing the elephant to the fly on the elephant’s backside,” said Adam Krehm, principal for Arbour Farms Limited, which is seeking approval of an about 103-acre aggregate licence in Mulmur. “First, we’re not a quarry, we’re a gravel pit,” Krehm explained. “Secondly, we’re not even a hundredth the size of what The Highland Companies was proposing.”

Environmental Review Tribunal dismisses charter challenge

The Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) has dismissed a constitutional challenge of the Renewable Energy Act (REA). Dennis Sanford, president of Wind Resistance Melancthon, and the citizen’s group, Conserving our Rural Environment (CORE), claimed the concerns of residents raised during the REA process was ignored by decision makers at the Ministry of Environment (MOE). The ERT agreed to hear their constitutional challenge in Shelburne in August.

Tribunal Rules in Favour of Dufferin Wind

The Environmental Review Tribunal has upheld ministerial approvals of the 100-MW Dufferin Wind Power (DWP) wind farm in Melancthon. The approvals include not only the turbines but also the 230 kv transmission line along the rail corridor. DWP also has Ontario Energy Board “leave to construct” the power line but lacks agreement with Dufferin County and other property owners for necessary easements, and is seeking permission to expropriate.

County talking traffic with Arbour Farms

A gravel pit proposed in Mulmur would add about 14 trucks per hour onto Airport Road. That’s only if Arbour Farms hauled the maximum tonnage proposed within its aggregate licence application, or what has been described as the “absolute worst-case” scenario by company principal Adam Krehm. “We expect to operate at 30 per cent of our tonnage, which would yield something slightly more than four trucks per hour,” he said. “It’s a very safe, conservative reckoning of how many trucks will come and go from that pit.” Despite Krehm’s estimate, members of county council have some concerns about the proposal and its potential impact ...

REA Process Faces Charter Test in Shelburne

Environmental Review Tribunal schedules 19-day hearing in Dufferin (Core has been granted Party status at this hearing.) Will the province’s Renewable Energy Approval (REA) process pass a Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms litmus test? Despite objection from the Ministry of the Environment (MOE), Ontario’s Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) has agreed to hear a constitutional challenge to the REA process in Shelburne next week. “That’s the big news. They’re willing to sit and listen,” said Dennis Sanford, president of Wind Resistance Melancthon. “Certain rights have been squashed or ignored through the whole (REA) process and ...

CORE Comments on Bonnefield’s Purchase of Melancthon Land

The citizens’ groups that led the movement to protect thousands of acres of Class 1 farmland in Melancthon, Ontario welcome Bonnefield Financial to the community. Bonnefield has purchased the 6,500-acres of potato fields owned by the Highland Companies, including the land once proposed to become a 2300-acre mega quarry. After several years of uncertainty about the fate of the farmland, this is a new beginning.

Highland Sells Out, and to Canadians…

OTTAWA, Canada, July 16, 2013 – Bonnefield Financial today announced an initial closing of its third investment partnership, Bonnefield Canadian Farmland LP III (“LP III”). LP III received various commitments totaling $100,000,000 from Canadian investors and more capital may be raised in subsequent closings to a maximum of $200,000,000.

The Highland Companies Quarry

BACKGROUND ON THE HIGHLAND COMPANIES QUARRY The Highland Companies, represented by John Lowndes, is owned by a holding company called Baupost out of Boston.  It has recently undertaken a land assembly of well over 8,000 acres of prime agricultural land in and around Horning Mills, Honeywood, Redickville and other parts of Melancthon and Mulmur Townships.

Reports Prepared for Arbour Farms

Arbour Farms has had consultants prepare a series of reports in support of their rezoning application and their Aggregate License application.