Ministry refers Arbour Farms proposal to the Ontario Municipal Board

Gravel pit proposal

Gravel pit proposal

County council plans on sending a rather ‘meaty letter’ to the province ahead of a potential Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) hearing on a gravel pit proposed in Mulmur.

Arbour Farms Limited is seeking a 103-acre aggregate licence to haul up to 500,000 tons of aggregate per year from its lands in Mulmur. The company plans to extract aggregate 20 metres below the water table.

If approved, it is anticipated the gravel pit could add a maximum of 14 trucks per hour onto Airport Road, one of the most collision prone roads in Dufferin.

“You’re dealing with a site where the provincial government can say yes and the rest falls on the county,” Amaranth Mayor Don MacIver told county council on Thursday night (Feb. 12). “The Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) has more obligation and responsibility than simply just saying yes.”

Following some discussion, county council agreed to send a letter to the MNR demanding the province deny any or all aggregate applications intending to use Airport Road as a haul route.

County politicians will also request the province pay to upgrade Airport Road, a frequently used haul route for gravel trucks travelling through Dufferin.

“It will be a meaty letter,” MacIver said. “They must pay attention to how that gravel is going to move out of Dufferin County in a safe fashion.”

According to county standards, Airport Road is a good thoroughfare.

There would be certain improvements such as wider shoulders that could be obtained if it were changed to adhere to provincial road standards.

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