Although owners of the Melville pit have been granted their aggregate licence, members of The Citizens Against the Melville Pit (CAMP) are claiming victory at the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).
In a rare occurrence, both sides involved in the legal dispute surrounding the 291-acre pit one km south of Orangeville seem to be pleased with a decision handed down by the OMB last Thursday (July 23).
As a result of that decision, Olympia Sand and Gravel Ltd., which plans to extract a maximum of 950,000 tonnes per year from lands on Willoughby Road in Caledon, has been awarded an aggregate licence.
“There have been no changes to what we’ve proposed and what we were continuing to propose at the OMB,” said Olympia president Larry Pevato. “Hopefully, we can turn the chapter to the next phase of this.”
On the other hand, CAMP is satisfied that Olympia won’t be permitted to wash any aggregate material on site until obtaining a water taking permit from the Ministry of the Environment (MOE).