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Nelson Aggregate Quarry License

Site Map for Nelson Aggregate Quarry Expansion ApplicationNelson Aggregate Co. is proposing a new 82.3 hectare quarry immediately south of its existing quarry on No. 2 Side Road, west of the settlement of Mount Nemo, in the City of Burlington. 

Staff Reports

Halton Region

City of Burlington

Conservation Halton

Niagara Escarpment Commission (NEC)

  • PH 153 04 Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF)269KB - dated November 18, 2009
    Re: Proposed Amendment to the Niagara Escarpment Plan and Development Permit

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Site Plans

Nelson Aggregate submitted the following new site plans for their proposed quarry on April 29, 2010:

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Joint Agency Review Team Report (February 2009)

The following report was prepared by JART to inform the public about the team's findings.

The report details the application process, advises on outstanding issues related to the technical submissions and indicates which issues have been dealt with.

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Target Dates

The following tentative dates have been set by the Joint Board:

  • February 19, 2009 - Public Information Centre for JART Report.
  • March 2009 - Conservation Halton staff report and Board position.
  • April 2009 - City of Burlington planning report and Council position.
  • May 2009 - Region of Halton planning report and Council position.
  • June 2009 - NEC planning report and Commission position.

Other dates set (for the purpose of advising the Joint Board on the status of the public agencies' timetables) are as follows:

  • March 3, 2009 - Teleconference for update on JART Report progress and dates for future pre-hearings.
  • March 25, 2009 - Teleconference to hear motions regarding other matters to be dealt with as part of the Nelson hearing.

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Application Updates

February 29, 2012 - Joint Board Hearing closes. A decision by the Joint Board is pending.

October 26, 2010 - Joint Board Hearing begins. Time and location to be announced.

January 27, 2009 - Teleconference with the Joint Board regarding Regional Official Plan Amendment 25 (ROPA 25) and jurisdictional issues.

December 8, 2008 - A pre-hearing was held at Regional Headquarters regarding the Nelson appeals. The members of the Joint Board panel were Toby Vigod and Alan Levy (Environmental Review Tribunal) and Colin Hefferon (Ontario Municipal Board). Parties to the hearing include the NEC, Region of Halton, City of Burlington, Conservation Halton, Ministry of Natural Resources, Protecting Escarpment Rural Land (PERL), Lake Ontario Water Keeper and Paletta International. CONE and POWER requested Participant status. A number of individual members of the public were granted Presenter status.

It was brought to the Joint Board's attention that matters regarding Regional Official Plan Amendment 25 (ROPA 25) were outstanding and that the policy dealing with the definition of significant woodlands, which were appealed by Nelson and others and subsequently deferred, would need to be addressed prior to the commencement of the hearing of the Nelson quarry appeal.

June 26, 2008 - The Ministry of Natural Resources submitted a letter referring the Nelson Aggregate Co. application to the OMB to address outstanding concerns related to the proposed license application under the ARA.

June 18, 2008 - Nelson filed appeals of their applications, and the Consolidated Board scheduled a pre-hearing for December 8, 2008 to identify the parties, discuss hearing dates and identify issues related to the applications.

May 12 2008 - Nelson Aggregates referred their application to amend the Region of Halton Official Plan and City of Burlington Official Plan to the Ontario Municipal Board for a hearing. For more information on the appeal of the application read staff report (PPW77-08) Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF)100KB.

May 5, 2008 - Nelson Aggregate Co. launched an appeal to the OMB citing council's lack of decision regarding their applications to amend the Regional and City of Burlington Official Plans as well as the Niagara Escarpment Plan.

March 7, 2008 - Nelson prepared a response to the objections to their application for a License. (The Aggregate Resources Act process concluded on May 17, 2008.)

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Public Information Centres (PICs) - Hosted by JART

June 7, 2006 - Nelson Aggregate Co. hosted a public information session (required by the Ministry of Natural Resources) as part of the Aggregate Resources Act licensing process Link to External Site.

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Technical Documents

Nelson Aggregate Co. have submitted a series of technical documents in support of their application. Print copies are available for public review at:

  • Brant Hills Community Centre & Library (view map Link to External Site)
    2255 Brant St., Burlington, Monday to Thursday 9:00am to 9:00pm, Friday 9:00am to 6:00pm, Saturday 9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Halton Region's Citizen's Reference Library (view map Link to External Site)
    1151 Bronte Road, Oakville, Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm

The following reports can also be accessed at Nelson Aggregate Co Link to External Site.

Documents - Posted May 2008

  • Nelson Aggregate Water Monitoring
    • Updated Groundwater Monitoring Information - prepared by Golder Associates, April 24, 2008
    • Response Letter from Nelson Aggregate Re: Request for Monitoring Data, April 25, 2008
    • Table B.6 Sump Pump Volume, January 2008
    • Table B.1 Flow Monitoring Summary (L/s), January 2008
  • Addendum Report on Water Resources Impact Assessment & Contingency Design Updates, January 2008
  • Adaptive Management Plan (AMP) Version 1: Water Resources and Ecological Features - prepared by Golder Associates, January 2008
  • Updated Noise Impact Study (Revision 2), January 2, 2008
  • Site Plans, January 2008:
    • #1 of 4 - Existing Features
    • #2 of 4 - Operational Plan
    • #3 of 4 - Rehabilitation Plan
    • #4 of 4 - Cross Sections
  • Nelson Aggregate's Response to Joint Agency Review Team Key Issues, January 16, 2008
  • Reports Addressing Hydrology, Hydrogeology and Ecology of Wetland Features, including:
    • Cover letter from Nelson Aggregate Co. dated September 28, 2007
    • Monthly Water Balances for Individual Wetland Areas - prepared by Golder Associates Ltd., September 2007
    • Characterization of Shallow Overburden Hydrogeology at the Proposed Nelson Quarry Extension - prepared by Golder Associates Ltd., September 2007
    • Wetland Ecological Effects Assessment Associated with Predicted Hydrologic Changes - prepared by Stantec Consulting Ltd in association with Savanta Inc., September 2007
  • Background Maps, March 9, 2007:
    • Grindstone Creek Headwaters Wetland Complex
    • Nelson Quarry: Features, Buffers and Setbacks

Documents - Posted May 2006

  • Aggregate Resources Act Site Plans - MHBC Planning Limited, April 2006
  • Planning Report and Aggregate Resources Act Summary Statement - MHBC Planning Limited, May 2006
  • Agricultural Impact Assessment - MHBC Planning Limited, May 2005
  • Blasting Impact Assessment - Golder Associates, updated April 2006
  • Blasting Assessment, New Residence Receptor Locator - Golder Associates, December, 2004
  • Air Quality Assessment - Golder Associates, August 2004, reprinted May 2006 to include Golder's response to JART's questions, February, 2006
  • Noise Impact Study - Aercoustics, May 31, 2004, revised August 9, 2005, including the Addendum to the Noise Impact Study, May 89, 2006
  • Extension Traffic Study - Paradigm Transportation Solutions Limited, updated June 2005
  • Hydrogeological and Water Resources Assessment - Golder Associates, October 2004, reissued May 2006
  • Additional Hydrogeological Work - compiled by Golder Associates, May 2006
  • Attachment 1 - Draft Peer Review Responses - Golder Associates, September 2005
  • Attachment 2 - Additional Hydrogeologic Field Studies - Golder Associates, April 2006
  • Attachment 3 - Karst Investigations - Worthington Groundwater, April 2006
  • Attachment 4 - Draft Report on Conceptual Design of Groundwater Impact Mitigation System  - Golder Associates, May 2006
  • Attachment 5 - Draft Report on Adaptive Management Plan for Local Private Wells (Version 1) - Golder Associates, May 2006
  • Archaeological Assessment (Stages 1, 2, 3) - Archaeologix Inc., August 2003
  • Archaeological Assessment (Stage 4) - Archaeologix Inc., August 2004
  • Draft Adaptive Management Plan Outline Ecological Component - Stantec, May 2006
  • Level II Natural Environment Technical Report - Stantec, May 2006
  • Notice of Expansion Map
  • Year 2000 Inventory Report  - ESG International Inc., October 2000
  • Summary of Natural Heritage Features, Extension Lands  - Stantec Consulting Ltd., revised August 2004
  • Well Survey

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Additional Information

The proposed quarry is located on part of Lots 17 and 18, Concession 2.

The application is for unlimited yearly tonnage and would use the existing crushing, storage, asphalt recycling and office facilities of the existing quarry to the north.

The new quarry requires a Niagara Escarpment Plan Amendment, Halton Region Official Plan Amendment, City of Burlington Official Plan Amendment, and a Ministry of Natural Resources Aggregate License.

For aggregate applications in the Region of Halton, a Joint Agency Review Team (JART) is set up to review, analyze and comment on the completeness of technical submissions. The JART for this application includes the Niagara Escarpment Commission, the Region of Halton, the City of Burlington, Conservation Halton and the Ministry of Natural Resources.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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The staff contact for this project is:

  • Rick Reitmeier, Senior Planner
    Planning Tel: 905-825-6000 Ext. 7923
    Planning Fax: 905-825-8822
    Toll-free Tel: 1-866-4HALTON (1-866-442-5866)
    TTY: 905-827-9833
  • Applicant contact is: Nelson Aggregate Co Link to External Site
  • Detailed information on the Aggregate Resources Act process is available from the Ministry of Natural Resources' website Link to External Site

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