Caledon Open House
Mon., Mar. 2, 2020
4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Brampton Fairgrounds – Main Hall
12942 Heart Lake Rd.
The first set of draft policy changes are available for public consultation. These draft policies will explore some environmental related focus area changes. Updates on the status of all other focus areas will also be provided.
Environment related focus areas
The Regional Official Plan draft policies for some environment themed focus areas will update and introduce new policies and mapping on:
A total of 11 discussion papers have been developed which provide background information on the rationale for the proposed policy amendments.
Thank you to everyone who attended and participated in the Belfountain Community Organization Annual General Meeting on January 15, 2020.
Please follow this link to view the minutes of the meeting: BCO AGM Minutes 2020
and Presentation Slides to see the presentations.
The pit on Shaws Creek and resulting water issues, traffic concerns directly affecting Belfountain, dust and noise is not a “done deal”. The pit is a new ARA license application by James Dick Construction Limited (JDCL). Letters from our residents have raised concerns causing the application to be reviewed by the Local Planning Act Tribunal (LPAT) on March 25, 2020.
At the AGM, you asked the BCO to tell you when help is needed. It is needed now. Getting these protections added to the license will cost money. It must be done properly by a lawyer and experts research and presentation. The initial stage costs could be as high as $10,000. Your help is needed to fund this initial stage and have our concerns heard please.
Our Regional Councillor Ian Sinclair has had conditions added to the Town of Caledon Zoning under the Planning Act.
- Details of the proposed conveyor tunnel design, including maintenance and decommissioning,
- Peer review protocol regarding the Credit River recharge springs and
- An outline of private well compensation if loss of water occurs.
Unfortunately, we have been given a very quick deadline and will need to know if you, the residents of Belfountain and environs, want us to move forward and how much you are willing to financially support this by the end of day Tuesday February 25th. Please email email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org indicating any amount of money you can contribute.
The license application does not have any contingencies or protection for our water, additional traffic, noise and dust. These things must be added into the license application to protect our hamlet.
- JDCL must perform and pay for base line well testing of quality and quantity for houses within 500 M from the boundaries of the new pit. This is the only way to accurately report any changes in water.
- JDCL must fix any well issues and guarantee financially quality and quantity of water. This includes providing bottled water to residents and farms affected.
- Results of ground water monitoring must be provided to Region of Peel, so they have visibility to any impending issue and can mitigate wherever possible.
- Evaluation of the thermal and chloride impacts to the West Credit River of the Erin Waste Water Treatment Plant, below water table pit, new development in Erin, Hillsburgh and Belfountain and the pit pond drainage pipe(s) need to performed in conjunction with each other.
- The mining is to occur below the water table. There is a pit operated by LeFarge on the other side of Shaws Creek where mining below the water table is not allowed. Why is below water table mining necessary here?
- Belfountain residents are going to be directly affected by noise, dust and traffic. The amount of new development traffic will be combined with the 20 heavy truck loads per hour (equivalent to 40 cars) from the pit which is not considered in the traffic report.
- Winston Churchill will be closed for the tunnel, causing the trucks to use alternative routes such as Shaws Creek south of Belfountain and Mississauga Road.
- The closest grocery stores, banks, etc. for the residents of Belfountain are through the intersection of Winston Churchill and Bush Street in Erin. This intersection is going to be impacted. Even more slow-moving dump trucks pulling out into the 80 KM zone on a corner is going to cause accidents.
- JDCL should be required to upgrade all the roads not only Winston Churchill to new standards that accommodates the additional traffic and maintain them on a very regular basis. They should be to top notch standards not just the minimum requirements
- Below water table pits and quarries are virtually impossible to convert back to the original agricultural use unless water is pumped back indefinitely. If they stay above the water table then the soil can be replaced, forestry and farmed. There are no future land uses if they go below the water table. Why is below water table mining necessary here?
- Clearly stating the end date of the mining and when rehabilitation will commence is critical. This prevents keeping the pit open without on-going full-scale extraction indefinitely. It prevents the threat to ground water quality and safety runoff into or in proximity to ground water from the open pit awaiting rehabilitation. The rehabilitation plan must indicate the type of natural resources that will be possible not just filling a big hole with water.
- There must be commitment not to use the pit for recycling products or any other industrial use that will create a permanent use. Recycling it is not an essential to the mining processing storage or shipping of virgin aggregate. How and who is enforcing recycling storage, processing, and location? Delaying or preventing rehabilitation must not occur and an unlicensed garbage dump is not to be created.
- Fines must be levied if the rehabilitation does not occur timely and in accordance with the license. Inspections should occur at least every six months.
Only with the understanding of your position on this new pit will we be able to move forward.
The Erin Pit Expansion Zoning By-law amendment application is for lands of 309 acres stretching from Winston Churchill Blvd. to Shaws Creek Rd., south of the Elora-Cataract Trailway to the north side of the West Credit River.
A staff report (report number 2020-0016) pertaining to the proposed Zoning By-law Amendment application to permit the “Erin Pit Expansion – Caledon Side” gravel pit (Town File: RZ 17-02) is being brought forward to a Planning and Development Committee meeting, which will be held at Council Chambers, Town Hall on Tuesday, February 11, 2020, starting at 7 p.m.. It is a public meeting.
A copy of the agenda and staff report is available on the Town of Caledon website at: https://www.caledon.ca/en/Calendar/Meetings/Default.aspx?_mid_=21613.
The recommendations of the Committee will then be considered for adoption at the Town Council meeting on Tuesday, February 18, 2020.
For more information on the proposed gravel pit, please visit the Town of Caledon website at: https://www.caledon.ca/en/townhall/aggregates-erin-pit.asp.
St. Mary’s CBM will be hosting an “informal” public meeting at the Alton Legion Hall, 6 – 9 p.m. on March 25th, 2020.
The meeting is regarding a 400-acre quarry between Cataract Road and Mississauga Road, just south of Charleston Sideroad.
1267 Queen Street
As soon as the official invitation comes through it will be distributed
Check you dance cards because Thursday, February 6th, 7:30 (ish) JP Cormier will be performing at the Higher Ground Café!!!! https://www.jp-cormier.com/
If you hand any instrument to JP, he can play it. His work on the guitar is mind boggling, but then he picks up a fiddle and he will blow you away. Repeat with mandolin, bass, banjo and who knows what else. He’s also a music producer, song writer, singer and a master storyteller. He loves dogs and whisky, he speaks for soldiers and first responders, and he has a gift for capturing his audience and leaving them shaking their heads with wonder.
Want to spend an evening with JP? Tickets are $25, as per usual. Easiest way is simply to send an e transfer to email@example.com. You can also drop off money directly to Higher Ground, but make sure you put it in an envelope with your name and the number of tickets you want.
The Belfountain Community Organization’s Annual General Meeting is this Wednesday January 15th at 7 p.m. at the Belfountain Community Hall.
Belfountain Community Organization (BCO)
Annual General Meeting 2020
- BCO Board of Directors Elections will be held:
- January 15th, 2020
- Belfountain Community Hall
- Calls for Nominations have been:
- Rules for the Election Procedure
- To be able to stand for election, must be a registered resident of Belfountain or environs
- To register, please provide your address, telephone number and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Nominations must be received 48 hours in advance of the AGM
- Must be present for the meeting and agree in writing to serve on the board
- No proxies will be accepted.
2020 BCO AGM Agenda
Thank you to everyone that attended the community potluck dinner. This is such a wonderful time of year to catch up with friends and family and the potluck dinner is a great place to do it. The food selection was absolutely incredible.
We need to give a great big shout to the community for your support and generosity last night. Working together makes a huge difference.
Belfountain Community Organization