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.

Monday, March 26, 2012

New Vision and Direction for GABP

We listened to you. Last year, the Board circulated a questionnaire to all members requesting input into a variety of issues related to land use planning in the county. As a result of that input, GABP is embarking on an extensive review of our mandate.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Michael Stadtlander to speak at GABP AGM

World renowned chef and restaurateur, Michael Stadtlander, will be the guest speaker at GABP's upcoming Annual General Meeting on April 21.