Saturday, April 24, 2010

Important Notice re: AGM, May 1, 2010

The venue for the AGM has been changed to the Shallow Lake United Church Fellowship Hall. For location and directions, click on the words, "Grey County" under the map to your right (zooming in is helpful). We were recently surprised to learn that our original booking, the Shallow Lake Community Centre, is no longer available. We apologize for any inconvenience and would greatly appreciate your help in communicating this change to others who are interested in attending the AGM.

GABP's next 20 years - Please help us

In 1989, the province of Ontario was under siege by unplanned development. The province had implemented a planning regime where municipalities had to have Official Plans, that reflected provincial policies, in order to make their own planning decisions. Unfortunately, municipalities frequently ignored their Official Plans, and the advice of professional planners, and made many unwise planning decisions. To many citizens of Grey County, it seemed their planning committees ignored the Official Plans more often than they followed them.

Industrial wind is under attack

by Doug Dingeldein

Opposition to industrial wind turbine installations is growing across Grey as well as in other areas of the Province.

The efficacy of the wind energy component of the Provincial Government's renewable energy initiatives under the Green Energy Act, 2009 and the Green Energy and Green Economy Act, 2009 is being called into question by technical experts, economists, health professionals, environmental groups, citizen groups, local governments, and individuals. Hostility to industrial wind mirrors growing opposition in other parts of Canada as well as in countries around the world where there are significant industrial wind installations.

Ontario needs "smart planning" for aggregate extraction

by Peggy Hutchison

GABP has always recognized the need to protect aggregate resources for future use. Fifteen years ago GABP held a workshop, "We All Us the Aggregates" and heard from producers who work with communities to minimize impacts. We saw examples of rehabilitation of exhausted production sites. In 1999, the province of Ontario required that the Grey County Official Plan identify important resource areas and protect them from development that could limit their exploitation. With the introduction of the comprehensive Provincial Policy Statement (PPS) in 1995, more recently revised in 2005, it seemed that the Province was seriously "planning" aggregate resource extraction in balance with other provincial priorities. However, outcomes from recent aggregate applications indicate a disregard for wetlands, for forests, for residential communities, and for agriculture.

Spring 2010 - President's Note

It's hard to believe another year has gone by and GABP's Directors are preparing for our annual meeting in May. I would like to thank the Directors for all their hard work this year, right now GABP is facing numerous issues, and if individual Directors hadn't taken on specific research and organizational tasks, it would be impossible for GABP to be up to speed on any of these issues.

It hardly needs to be said that aggregate extraction is the issue taking the largest part of our time. We have the Best Pit Application in Grey Highlands, and the Sutherland Application on Niagara Escarpment "Rural" land in former Keppel Township. The former application now rests on the township's requirement that the applicant pay the costs of road upgrades (stalling it temporarily if not permanently).