Greenwood Aggregates Proposed Violet Hill Gravel Pit


On July 15, 2016 Greenwood Aggregates Limited filed applications to the Town for Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw Amendments on their lands described as Part Lots 30, 31 and 32, Concession 4 EHS, in the Violet Hill area of Mono, for the purpose of establishing a gravel pit on the site. As stated in Greenwood's Aggregate Resource Act Summary Statement, the proposed Violet Hill Gravel Pit anticipates extracting up to 1,000,000 tonnes annually with a projected lifespan of approximately 30 years.

15 July

Application for gravel pit submitted to Town

Greenwood Aggregates Limited submitted an application for Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw Amendments to allow a gravel pit on their property on the 30th Sideroad between the 3rd & 4th Lines EHS.

5 August

Town determines application incomplete

The application submitted by Greenwood was premised on direct access to Highway 89, which is a Controlled Access Highway and therefore subject to approval by the Ministry of Transportation (MTO). MTO issued correspondence confirming that direct access is not available. As such, the Town considers the application incomplete until the Ministry confirms direct access is available to Highway 89 or Greenwood develops revised plans with a revised Traffic Report detailing alternative routes via Town and/or Dufferin County roads.

The Planning Department also identified the need for a Cultural Heritage/Visual Assessment Study and Lighting Plan as two additional matters that were not submitted as part of the original submission; both required by the Town and County Official Plans.

2 September

Greenwood to Appeal Town's decision to OMB

Greenwood Aggregates informed the Town of their intention to appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board the Town's determination that Greenwood's application was incomplete.

23 September

Greenwood to hold Public Information Session for Application for Licence under Aggregate Resource Act

Greenwood Aggregates have applied to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry for a Class A licence to permit extraction of up to one million tonnes per year from their properties.

Greenwood announced that they would be hosting a Public Information Session on Wednesday October 26th, 2016 from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. at Mono Community Centre. This Public Information Session is being held by Greenwood in accordance with the Aggregate Resource Act which is a separate process from the municipal Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw Amendment process. The Town determined on August 5th, 2016 that Greenwood's application for an Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw Amendment to be incomplete as previously noted.

26 October

Greenwood holds Public Information Session at Mono Community Centre

Greenwood Aggregates held a public information session at Mono Community Centre on October 26th from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. The Aggregate Resource Act requires that applicants, in this case Greenwood Aggregates, hold such meetings as part of the application process. The meeting gave Greenwood an opportunity to respond to public concerns and answer any questions raised during the session.

14 November

Responses submitted under Aggregate Resource Act Licence Application

Individuals and agencies had until November 14, 2016 to file a response to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNR) to Greenwood's application under the Aggregate Resource Act. The Town of Mono, NEC, NVCA, MTO & the Southern Region, Regional Operations Division of the MNR all submitted letters. The MNR also received approximately 380 letters from individuals.

22 December

Proposals by Greenwood Aggregates to address MTO's Concerns re: Access to Hwy 89

C.C. Tatham & Associates Ltd., on behalf of Greenwood Aggregates, submitted to the MTO four options to address MTO's concerns regarding access to Hwy 89 for the proposed gravel pit.

19 January

Greenwood Aggregates' Response to MNR's Letter of Objection

Greenwood Aggregates submitted their response to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (Regional Operations Division - Midhurst)'s letter of objection dated November 10, 2106.

8 February

MTO's Response to Greenwood's proposals re: Access to Hwy 89

The MTO submitted their response to Greenwood Aggregates letter dated December 22, 2016 where Greenwood suggested several options to address concerns regarding access to Hwy 89.

21 March

Greenwood Aggregates submit new route to Access Gravel Pit

Greenwood Aggregates submitted a revised haul route for their proposed Violet Hill Gravel Pit. The proposed new route would see vehicles accessing the pit from the 30th Sideroad, heading west to 3rd Line EHS and then north to Hwy 89.

7 June

Outcome of the Greenwood Aggregates OMB Hearing

The OMB made its determination on the hearing into the Violet Hill Gravel Pit. Greenwood Aggregates requested the hearing to challenge the Town's position that the application for Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw Amendments was incomplete. In part, the hearing determined the following:

  • Greenwood has agreed to cover all unpaid invoices, and to keep the account in good standing going forward;
  • Until all of the supporting studies have been submitted, the Town is not able to provide a position, either for, against, or "no opposition" on the 4th line option;
  • lf Greenwood determines that some sort of 4th line option is feasible, it will prepare a Traffic Impact Study for that option;
  • Once it is satisfied that all necessary reports have been provided in support of the preferred option, the Town will declare the applications complete.
22 August

Town deems Greenwood application complete

The Town of Mono deemed Greenwood Aggregate's Offical Plan Amendment and Zoning Bylaw Amendment applications as "complete".

The Town had previously refused to deem the applications as complete, in part, until Greenwood provided a single proposed route for trucks accessing the pit, which they have now done.

5 December

PEAC Holds Meeting Open to the Public

The Town's Planning and Environmental Advisory Committee held a meeting open to the public on December 5th, 2017. Submissions were received from the applicant, Protect Mono, and several residents regarding the proposal. PEAC will continue deliberations on January 2nd, 2018.

16 January

PEAC Recommends that Council Deny OP & Zoning Bylaw Amendments

At their 01-2018 Session held January 16th 2018, PEAC discussed the Greenwood Applications submitted under the Planning Act (OPA 2016-01) + (ZBA 2016-02) and deliberated the findings based on the public input received at their December 5 meeting and identified in the Peer Review Team Reports prepared on behalf of the Town. The Committee passed Resolution 04 PEAC 01-2018 as follows:

THAT Planning & Environmental Advisory Committee recommend that Council deny Application for Zoning Bylaw Amendment ZBA 2016-02 and Official Plan Amendment OPA 20-16-01 by S. Greenwood Holdings Limited and 1682843 Ontario Limited in relation to part of Lots 30, 31 and 32, Concession 4 EHS, due to the concerns which have been put forward by the Town’s Peer Review Team and the general public and PEAC concerns.

24 January

Greenwood Requests Meeting with Town to Discuss Development Agreement

Greenwood Aggregates submitted a request to convene a meeting with Town of Mono Staff to discuss the terms of a Development Agreement. In his letter Greenwood states that, as he has responded to the Peer Review's, he would like the Town to convene this meeting within the next 2 weeks.

24 January

Council Defers on Greenwood Application

Mono held a Statutory Public Meeting last night at the municipal office to discuss Greenwood Aggregate's proposed Violet Hill Gravel Pit. Presentations were made by various consultants followed by residents expressing their views on the proposal. In the days leading up to last night's meeting Council received a significant re-submission of reports from the applicant and many letters of objection to the proposal.

Council elected to defer a final decision on the application in order to review the newly submitted information and to allow people who were unable to attend to submit written comments; and to give time for the Town to review Greenwood's responses to concern's raised during the Peer Review. Council passed the following motion:

THAT Council deems both Applications, Zoning Bylaw Amendment (ZBA 2016-02) and Official Plan Amendment (OPA 2016-01), by S Greenwood Holdings Limited and 1682843 Ontario Limited in relation to Part of Lots 30, 31, and 32, Concession 4 EHS, to be premature, given the outstanding issues and concerns identified by the Town’s peer review team and the receipt of responding materials from the applicant and numerous public submissions including the submissions received at the public meeting held January 24, 2018 and any further submissions to be received.

Council will deliberate on the application at its February 13th meeting which will be held in council chambers at 7 p.m.

Below are links to two of the presentations made by Greenwood Aggregates.

7 February

Greenwood Responds to Public Meeting

Greenwood Aggregates provided responses to several of the concerns raised during the Statutory Public Meeting held at the Municipal Office on January 24, 2018. The documents submitted by Greenwood are listed below:

12 February

Greenwood Updated Site Plan

As a result of public consultation, agency comment and peer review through the planning application process, Greenwood Aggregates submitted revised site plans.

12 February

Greenwood Files ARA Notice of Objector Response

Greenwood Aggregates submitted a response to the Town's original objection to their Aggregate Resource Act Application.

13 February

Council Denies Greenwood Applications

In a unanimous vote, Mono Council turned down the Applications for Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw Amendments made by Greenwood Aggregates. Council members provided many reasons for their rejection of the proposal, including, but not limited to, lack of information for Third Line road re-construction, lack of a development permit from the Niagara Escarpment Commission, deficiencies in the technical reports provided, and that an aggregate operation would not be compatible with the surrounding community and natural heritage features.

22 February

Notices of Refusal

Notices of refusal: Official Plan Amendment and Zoning Bylaw Amendment File ZBA 2016-02

27 February

Greenwood Files Appeal to OMB

Greenwood Aggregates appealed the Town's decision to deny their applications for Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw Amendments to the Ontario Municipal Board.

22 October

MHBC Draft Response to Peer Review Comments

Below is a draft response response that has been jointly prepared by Rollings Hyland Consulting and MHBC Planning.


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