Southgate Township Gravel Pits: Moratorium on Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments
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Southgate Township, the southern gateway of Grey County, one of the most pastoral and picturesque townships in Ontario, is experiencing unprecedented pressure to extract gravel and sand. To date, seven gravel pits within 3 km2 of Holstein are operating or applying for license. This is the confluence of several events: (a) the economic plight of Ontario farmers: (b) the increasing demand for aggregate; and (c) the close proximity to markets. The unbridled privilege of the aggregate industry does not consider the full environmental, social and economic costs to community. For example, many properties within a 10 km radius of a gravel pit will experience property devaluation. Other concerns include: noise, pollution, public safety, environmental damage, and aesthetics.
Egremont Group Concerned About Gravel (ENGAGE), a group of concerned citizens working with Southgate Township and Grey County, recommends Council adopt the following resolution:
That, Southgate Township Council pass a resolution declaring a moratorium on all existing and future gravel-related application amendmentsto the Official Plan and Zoning By-Law in the Holstein area, until a study of the cumulative social, environmental, and economic implications of the aggregate industry has been conducted. This would allow for broader public consultation, public education of a complex industry, and an opportunity for Council to proactively pursue some degree of long-term strategic planning.
By signing this petition you are indicating your support for the resolution, an opportunity for research to inform local public policy for the betterment of the community as a whole.