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.
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".

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.