Posted on January 25, 2017 at 3:00pm
plant project gets counties’ blessing
A controversial cement plant project near the Village of L’Orignal now has the official sanction of the United Counties of Prescott-Russell.
Counties council approved, Wednesday morning, a zoning request from Colacem Canada Inc. for a 56-hectare property located along County Road 17, about five kilometres west of L’Orignal in Champlain Township. The property at present has a Rural zoning designation. Colacem wanted that changed to Industrial so the company can go ahead with plans to build a cement plant there.
The project has been the centre of controversy for the past couple of years, with Action Champlain, a local residents group, waging an active lobby against the proposal. During a special Tuesday night session, Champlain Township council rejected the zoning request 6-2 with one councillor abstaining because of a conflict of interest.
The next day, counties council approved the zoning change request to its Official Plan in a registered vote, following a report summary from Planning and Forestry Director Louis Prévost. The counties vote was 4-3 with one area mayor absent from council that day.
Champlain Township Mayor Gary Barton, who sits as warden for the counties this year, voted against the rezoning application to the UCPR Official Plan.