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.
TARBA Launches Campaign to Improve Recycling Practices in Municipalities Across Ontario October 25, 2018
A new study released today identifies the municipalities in Ontario that are doing a poor job of recycling concrete and asphalt. The research report, which collected information on the recycling practices of larger communities across Ontario, identifies the municipal "Laggards" – as well as the "Leaders" – in reusing aggregate recovered from construction sites. The report has been released to media in the hope of generating improvement in the recycling policies and practices of the municipalities that are currently 'Lagging' in the effort.
MNRF on Applicability of Municipal Zoning by-laws to Crown Land July 26, 2018
Calling All Speakers! July 19, 2018
Agricultural Impact Assessment July 13, 2018
OSSGA's Land Use Committee reviewed the EBR posting and the guidance documents and identified a number of areas of concern which include the 1km area of study, potential inconsistencies with the PPS and harmonization with other regulatory instraments. A meeting has been held with OMAFRA to discuss OSSGA's concerns and we continue to work with them to resolve these issues. Please view OSSGA's submission here.
Axle-Weight Pilot: Weigh-ins are Underway June 28, 2018
The Axle-Weight Pilot has been extended for another year. Last year, 400 data points were collected. The goal of the pilot is to collect 1,000 data points. MTO has agreed to staff weigh-scales to help collect data over the coming weeks. The scale lights will NOT be on – trucks will simply enter the scale, weigh-in, and be off on their way.
OSSGA Submits Comments on “Guidance to Support Implementation of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017” June 28, 2018
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".

MNRF on Applicability of Municipal Zoning by-laws to Crown Land

July 26, 2018 at 8:17 AM

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests has given us a heads up about some information that has come up recently related to aggregate permit applications (on Crown land) and municipal zoning.

While the Aggregate Resources Act requires that proof of applicable municipal zoning by-laws be provided before a licence can be issued on private land, there is no such requirement in legislation for issuing an aggregate permit on Crown land. A few recent aggregate permit applications on Crown land located within municipally organized jurisdictions have raised some questions as to whether or not municipal zoning applies to Crown land with respect to the issuance of aggregate permits.

Some of MNRF’s ARA policies refer to municipal zoning on Crown land, and in some of those policies there is a statement indicating/implying that municipal zoning does not apply to Crown land.

In consideration of recent case law, an updated interpretation on this topic has come to light. MNRF thought that OSSGA should be made aware in case this comes up in discussions. Specifically,

  • Municipal zoning does not bind the Crown itself (consistent with current policy).
  • MNRF does not require proof of appropriate municipal zoning in order to issue an aggregate permit (consistent with current policy).
  • MNRF considers municipal comments on aggregate applications when making decisions on whether or not to issue an aggregate permit (consistent with current policy).
  • Municipal zoning does apply to non-Crown parties operating on Crown land (this is not consistent with some statements currently made in policy).

Therefore, the proponent may need to work with the municipality to address any zoning requirements, separate from the ARA approval process.

MNRF is conducting a review of their ARA policies to identify any that may provide inconsistent direction related to the above.