I have a few updates around the proposed expansion of the Elginburg quarry - It's been an interesting few months as I have learned more about the current relationship between it's operations and the community. I want to let you know that I am committed to growing Kingston's economy and opportunities for Countryside. I also want you to know that I am working to ensure these initiatives are not at the expense of the community and our quality of life.
Throughout the month of May, myself and the City of Kingston received many calls from residents regarding round-the-clock operations on the Elginburg Quarry site, and about a steady flow of trucks from the site during day and night.
CKWS produced a report on this:
In response, city By-Law officers issued a notice asking the operator to adhere to the noise by-law, which restricts the use of construction equipment, such as large trucks, in the evening and overnight. Since then, we have seen a vast improvement during these hours.
While the noise by-law also applies to construction activities, operations on the Quarry site itself are primarily regulated through the provincial Aggregates Resources Act license agreement which permits work around the clock "when the market demands."
On Thursday, June 18, the application to expand this quarry will be re-presented to the Planning Committee, this time including the original quarry as part of the application. If you are interested in this project, or want to voice your comments to the city, I suggest attending. Details on the meeting can be found here: http://www.richardallen.ca/events/2015/public-meeting-proposed-expansion-of-elginburg-quarry
This public meeting is an early step in the process, but an important one for city staff and councillors to hear from the community about what to keep in mind as the application is examined. Later this year, the Planning Committee will consider a comprehensive report and recommendation from the staff.. The Committee will then make its recommendation to City Council at that meeting.
If you would like to do some reading of your own, all of the documentation associated with this application at the municipal level can be found here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3uw09npc1aianou/AABD_X-mf14iOSiu1JYwhAoXa?dl=0
As your representative, I will do my best to ensure you are kept up-to-date on this issue and to ensure that our partners in economic development do so as a benefit to our community, and not at our expense.