TEMPLATE Letter for Members to Use to Submit Responses to ERO Posting on Growth Plan February 13, 2019
The government has submitted a proposal to make Modifications to O. Reg. 311/06 (Transitional Matters - Growth Plans) made under the Places to Grow Act, 2005 to implement the Proposed Amendment to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017. OSSGA has made the point to the government that the current policy framework is not working. Approvals for new mineral aggregate operations in Southern Ontario are taking up to 10 years to complete the process. There are too many overlapping policies and inconsistent approaches between the Provincial Plans, Regional Official Plans, Local Official Plans and Conservation Authority policies regarding the management of this essential non-renewable resource.
Specification Alert February 6, 2019
Please be advised that there have been changes made to Aggregate Specifications for OPSS 1002, April 2018. This revised specification has been included in several MTO tender documents recently, most notably MTO Contract #2018-2024, Hwy 400 & Hwy 89 Interchange, Closing Feb. 14, 2019 and has raised concerns with many suppliers.
Avenues Winter 2019 Issue Now Available! February 5, 2019
The newest Winter 2019 issue of Avenues Magazine is now available online!
2019 Active & Associate Member Applications Are Now Available! February 1, 2019
2019 Active & Associate Member Applications to the Ontario Stone, Sand & Gravel Association are now available. Visit ossga.com/why_join_ossga to apply!
Securing Access to Stone, Sand & Gravel: OSSGA's Recommendations for Securing Close-to-Market Aggregate January 30, 2019
Ensuring Economic Growth and Future Greenspace in the Greater Golden Horseshoe
Revised Sample Safety Data Sheets (SDS) Now Available for OSSGA Members January 18, 2019
Under the Federal Government's amended WHMIS legislation, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) have been renamed Safety Data Sheets (SDS).
Seeking Volunteers for OSSGA’s 2019 Student Design Competition November 6, 2018
OSSGA is looking for a pit or quarry to serve as the host site for the 2019 Student Design Competition. Members must have a geo-referenced computer drawing of the final rehabilitation plan, PDF copies of your site plans, and be required to provide multiple tours for participating students. The program challenges Ontario university and college students to put their design skills to work by creating a rehabilitation design that maximizes the opportunities that the site will offer.
OSSGA Comments on Media Coverage of TARBA's Report on Recycling November 2, 2018
TVO published an analysis of TARBA's recent report on the use of recycled aggregate in Ontario's municipalities. OSSGA's Norm Cheesman comments.

OSSGA Submits Comments on “Guidance to Support Implementation of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017”

June 28, 2018 at 10:27 AM

OSSGA submits comments on “Guidance to Support Implementation of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017”

 

OSSGA, in consultation with its members, submitted comments on the proposed “Guidance to Support Implementation of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017”.

 

The purpose of this draft guidance document is to support the implementation of the Municipal Comprehensive Review (MCR) process as required by the Growth Plan, 2017. The new Growth Plan redefined an MCR as a new Official Plan, or an Official Plan Amendment, initiated by the upper-tier municipality and approved by the Province. The MCR process involves undertaking background research, public consultation, and policy formulation necessary to bring Official Plans into full conformity with the Growth Plan.

 

The draft guidance document indicates that the MCR components cannot be implemented independently and must be contained in one Official Plan Amendment in an integrated growth management approach.

 

OSSGA notes a general omission of reference to aggregates throughout the document. The MCR Guidance Document does not reflect the role aggregates plays in development, the ability for Mineral Aggregate Operations to occur within the Growth Plan area, or the requirement to identify and protect aggregate resources.

 

OSSGA highlighted and elaborated on various issues that would improve the guidance for inclusion of mineral aggregate operations within Official Plans.

 

You can read OSSGA’s full submission here.