Posted On: Wednesday, March 21, 2018
March 20, 2018
Dear Mayor McKean
I am reaching out to you as our elected official, on April 4, 2018, NOT to change the Official Plan to Re Zone for aggregate extraction bordering the Pretty River Valley Provincial Park.
Unfortunately and disappointing, in a letter dated January 31, 2018, the Town of Blue Mountains staff wrote "Has no objections to amend the Official Plan to Re Zone" It is my understanding the complete staff report will be available on line March 28, 2018.
As you are aware, Residents, Tourists and Recreational Individuals signed a petition. In two and a half months a total of 1085 signatures seeking your support NOT to change the Official Plan. This was submitted to Council October 2016.
In November 2016 I presented to the Committee of the Whole Meeting the importance of this environment and area to the community. I stressed the importance of short term and long term thinking - that our focus should be "Preservation NOT Devastation." The Pretty River Valley Provincial Park is one of Ontario's most pristine parks - A Jewel!
The Park appeals to all the seasons -hikers, mountain bikers, nature enthusiasts in spring, summer and fall; to winter activities like cross country skiing.
The park would be devastated - projected pit life is 60 years, operating six days a week with a projected increase of truck traffic of plus 44 trucks per day.
The application totally contravenes... The Town of Blue Mountains
There is No shortage of gravel in the area. There are a number of large gravel pits currently in full operation.
* a "must see" - both sides of the highway. The environment has been totally scarred - "devastated"
The application is based solely on Business Profit where as Town tax revenue generation is based on the infinitum - Solid Growing Base:
Coupled with the above are the Secondary Businesses
The employment opportunities are significant for our community.
Historical Legislation should not be the foundation for such a monumental decision. Especially when the Pretty River Valley Provincial Park has the importance to our community in terms of...
Let us unite on April 4, 2018, to protect our Provincial Treasure.
Not to accept the application
Not to change the Official Plan to Re Zone.