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Letter To Mayor McKean

Letter To Mayor McKean

Posted On: Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Letter form Ian Sinclair to Mayor McKean

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!

  • 120 kilometres of trails
  • Outstanding - woodlands
  • wildlife
  • nature
  • 12 kilometres from Collingwood
  • Less than 15 minutes drive from Thornbury

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

  • Corporate Strategic Plan 2015 - 2020
  • Community Vision - Statement
  • Mission Statement
  • Sustainable Path - Statement

There is No shortage of gravel in the area. There are a number of large gravel pits currently in full operation.

  • Bates Pit - 5 days / week - right across from the proposed application
  • Gibraltar Sand and Gravel - across from the Bates pit
  • Bates Pit - 4th Line - Just south of 6th Side Road
  • Duntroon / Walker Aggregates*

* 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:

  • Residential
  • Tourism
  • Recreation

Coupled with the above are the Secondary Businesses

  • Retail
  • Restaurants
  • Hotels/Motels
  • Sports Clinics
  • Spas

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...

  • Environmentally
  • Ecologically
  • Economically

Let us unite on April 4, 2018, to protect our Provincial Treasure.

  • The support of council
  • The support of the community

Not to accept the application
Not to change the Official Plan to Re Zone.

Yours Sincerely,
Ian Sinclair

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Contact Us

Email: info@noprettyriverpit.ca

Resources

Ian Sinclair - August 27 Presentation to Blue Mountains Council
Purpose: To encourage Council to NOT allow a change to the Official Plan to Re-zone for Aggregate Extraction bordering The Pretty River Valley Provincial Park; and to encourage Council to NOT allow extraction below the water table

Letter of Support from Blue Mountain Watershed Trust
The Blue Mountain Watershed Trust is supporting the goals of the Friends of the Pretty River Valley in its efforts to stop the Gibraltar Sand and Gravel Pit!

Local Planning Appeal Tribunal
Ontario Municipal Board Hearing to take place November 20, 2018

April 4 2018 Presentation
Ian Sinclair's Presentation to the Committee of the Whole

Letter To Town Council
Letter from Ian Sinclair to Town Council to Not accept the proposed Official Plan Amendment proposed by municipal staff. The vote will take place on April 4, 2018. Please show your opposition to this proposed rezoning by attending the meeting.

Presentation to Council
Deputation made to Council by Ian Sinclair Nov 2016

Council Approves Changes
County and Town are Poised to Move Forward

Quarry Proposal Blue Prints
Full Set of Pretty River Quarry Drawings

Quarry Proposal Blue Prints Page 1
Page 1 of 3 of detailed drawings

Quarry Proposal Blue Prints Page 2
Page 2 of 3 of detailed drawings

Quarry Proposal Blue Prints Page 3
Page 3 of 3 of detailed drawings