Wednesday, September 10, 2014

We are in transition

Blog updates are currently on hold. All other information on this site is accurate and up-to-date. Thank you for your patience. We will be up and running again soon.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Help Protect the Shouldice Wetlands and the Glen - A Letter from Peggy Hutchison

An urgent request for financial support: Please help the community complete an important project, Protecting the Shouldice Wetlands and the Glen. This important natural heritage area on the Bruce Peninsula, 15 km northwest of Owen Sound, is being encroached upon by both an expanded quarry operation and a new quarry application immediately across the road from the existing one.

The community is in need of $60,000 to fund essential hydrogeological and other expertise for the related Environmental Review Tribunal and Ontario Municipal Board hearings on the applications.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Opting for a development win-win-win

A Special GABP Presentation

Following this year's GABP AGM on April 13, 2013, at the Markdale Complex, planner Andrew Martschenko, will provide GABP members, local planners and municipal leaders and members of other Grey County community groups involved with agriculture, the environment and land-use planning, with insight into a new approach to development.

Annual General Meeting

Saturday, April 13, 2013
Noon to 4 p.m.
Annual Business Meeting at 12:30 p.m.

Guest Speaker at 2:00 p.m.
Andrew Martschenko
"Opting for a development win-win-win"

Markdale Complex, Markdale ON

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Walk4Wetlands


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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Beaver Valley Village Subdivision

On May 10, the Planning and Community Development Committee of the County of Grey accepted Planning Report PDR-PCD-17-12, recommending conditional draft plan approval of a 16-lot Beaver Valley Village subdivision. In the opinion of the Beaver Valley Ratepayers' Association Board of Directors, the Report addresses the BVRA comments concerning groundwater protection and septic system oversight. The recommendations of the County peer reviewer have been adopted or enhanced. The specific groundwater monitoring parameters and protocol are to be determined in the Subdivision Agreement and must satisfy both the County and the Ministry of the Environment. For more information, go to the BVRA blog.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Protecting Shouldice Wetlands

GABP and CONE (Coalition on the Niagara Escarpment) have retained professional engineer, Garry Hunter, and have been working with all parties to settle the disputes over the existing Keppel Quarry and the proposed Quarry Expansion. Mr. Hunter has been instrumental in providing a science-based approach for protecting the vulnerable Shouldice Wetlands and adjacent water users. In the case of the existing quarry the parties have agreed that the asphalt plant will be removed by December 2014. A new PPTW (Permit to Take Water) is anticipated soon from the MOE which will mitigate the dewatering process and include protocol for the storage of recycled materials.

This settlement has provided a springboard for the parties to address issues with the new quarry expansion application and discussions continue with the assistance of a facilitator from the Environmental Review Tribunal. Avoiding a full hearing represents a huge financial saving for the appellants in these appeals to the ERT. Approximately one third of costs have been raised to date thanks to the informative appeals appearing on the CONE website and the CONE Facebook page but we still need your help. Please visit these sites for more information and also check our previous posts on this blog.