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2.2 Mineral Resources: Mineral Aggregates, Minerals, Petroleum Resources

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2.2.1 Mineral resources (mineral aggregates, minerals and petroleum resources) will be protected for long term use.
 

2.2.2 Minerals and Petroleum Resources

2.2.2.1 Mineral mining operations and petroleum resource operations will be protected from activities that would preclude or hinder their expansion or continued use or which would be incompatible for reasons of public health, public safety or environmental impact.

2.2.2.2 In areas adjacent to or in known mineral deposits or known petroleum resources, and in areas of mineral potential, development which would preclude or hinder the establishment of new operations or access to the resources will only be permitted if:

 

  1. resource use would not be feasible; or
  2. the proposed land uses or development serves a greater long term public interest; and
  3. issues of public health, public safety and environmental impact are addressed.

2.2.2.3 Rehabilitation to accommodate subsequent land uses will be required after extraction and other related activities have ceased. Progressive rehabilitation will be undertaken where feasible.

2.2.2.4 Extraction of minerals and petroleum resources is permitted in prime agricultural areas, provided that the site is rehabilitated.

2.2.3 Mineral Aggregates

2.2.3.1 As much of the mineral aggregate resources as is realistically possible will be made available to supply mineral resource needs, as close to markets as possible.

2.2.3.2 Mineral aggregate operations will be protected from activities that would preclude or hinder their expansion or continued use or which would be incompatible for reasons of public health, public safety or environmental impact. Existing mineral aggregate operations will be permitted to continue without the need for official plan amendment, rezoning or development permit under the Planning Act.

2.2.3.3 In areas adjacent to or in known deposits of mineral aggregates, development which would preclude or hinder the establishment of new operations or access to the resources will only be permitted if:

 

  1. resource use would not be feasible; or
  2. the proposed land uses or development serves a greater long term public interest; and
  3. issues of public health, public safety and environmental impact are addressed.
2.2.3.4 Wayside pits and quarries and portable asphalt plants used on public authority contracts will be permitted, without the need for official plan amendment, rezoning, or development permit under the Planning Act in all areas, except those areas of existing development or particular environmental sensitivity which have been determined to be incompatible with extraction and associated activities.
 

2.2.3.5 Progressive rehabilitation to accommodate subsequent land uses will be required.

2.2.3.6 In prime agricultural areas, on prime agricultural land, extraction of mineral aggregates is permitted as an interim use provided that rehabilitation of the site will be carried out whereby substantially the same areas and same average soil quality for agriculture are restored.

On these prime agricultural lands, complete agricultural rehabilitation is not required if:

 

  1. there is a substantial quantity of mineral aggregates below the water table warranting extraction; or
  2. the depth of planned extraction in a quarry makes restoration of pre extraction agricultural capability unfeasible; and
  3. other alternatives have been considered by the applicant and found unsuitable1; and
  4. agricultural rehabilitation in remaining areas will be maximized.

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