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The following maps will identify the location of the proposed quarry in red (outline or solid):

Greenbelt Tightens around Proposed Quarry

Provincially Significant Wetland Areas

Page C-1 of the City of Hamilton Official Plan has this:

"Natural Setting encompasses the physical landscape features and resources which create the unique environment within this Region. These resources are not for exploitation, but are to be valued, protected and where possible enhanced. Features such as the Niagara Escarpment, environmentally significant areas, forests, wetlands, soil and water resources and other features of our natural setting which need to be protected and preserved for future generations."

Page C-4 has this; "1.2.2.d) land use changes will not be permitted within Provincially Significant Wetland Areas, as shown on Appendix Map 1, and as updated from time to time by the MNR (Ministry of Natural Resources). Development on land adjacent to a provincially significant wetland (land within 120 meters of a wetland area or lands connecting individual wetland areas within a wetland complex) with the exception of existing agricultural activities, will be prohibited unless it can be demonstrated through an Environmental Impact Statement, prepared in accordance with provincial guidelines, that it does not result in any of the following:

  1. loss of wetland functions;
  2. subsequent demand for future development which will adversely affect existing wetland functions;
  3. conflict with existing site-specific wetland management practices; and
  4. loss of contiguous wetland areas.
  5. where there is overlap between a Provincially Significant Wetland designation and another Environmentally Significant Area designation, the most restrictive policies will apply".

Environmentally Significant Areas

Page C-3 of the City of Hamilton Official Plan has this;

1.2 Environmentally Significant Areas. The majority of features included within the Core Natural Areas grouping warrant protection from development. These areas are described as Environmentally Significant Areas (ESA) as defined in D-11 consists of areas which:

To protect natural features, the Region will:

1.2.1 Designate Environmentally Significant Areas as shown on map No. 4

1.2.2 Apply the fololowing policies in assessing the merits of proposed changes in land use within and adjacent to Environmentally Significant Areas;

  1. land use changes in or adjacent to ESAs will only be permitted where, in addition to meeting other policies in this plan, such development:
    1. will not adversely affect, degrade or destroy any of the qualities which are the basis for the area's designation;
    2. will not cause any significant impacts upon water quality and quantity; and,
    3. will not adversely affect the implementation of any resource protection policies or plans

1.2.3 Proposed land use changes to ESA lands that require amendment to Area Municipality Official Plans, Secondary Plans, including Committee of Adjustments and severance applications, shall be referred to ESAIEG (Environmentally Significant Areas Impact Evaluation Group) for evaluation".

Carlisle Wellhead Protection Areas

The City of Hamilton has studies underway to assess the short and long term water problems and requirements for Carlisle. The map below shows the community wellheads and how water flows to them. The hydrogeologist that FORCE has hired will determine the details of how the proposed quarry will potentially impact the ability of the wellheads to supply adequate amounts of clean water to the community and private wells. This analysis is important because water flow through fractured shale - once disturbed through activities like excavation or blasting - becomes very difficult to predict. As well, the de-watering of a quarry which occurs with aggregate extraction below the