Posted on Friday, August 31, 2018 at 3 p.m.
Change of date for cement plant project hearing
The September hearing on a controversial cement plant project proposed for L’Orignal will not take place as planned. The hearing will take place at a later date yet to be decided.
The Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) was scheduled to begin a five-week-long hearing on September 4 concerning two separate appeals dealing a rezoning application to allow construction of a cement production plant near the Village of L’Orignal.
Colacem Canada Ltd. wants to build the plant adjacent to an existing quarry it owns and operates about five kilometres west of L’Orignal (see photo) but is facing opposition from both the Township of Champlain and a local citizens group, Action Champlain. The township rejected the company’s request for rezoning of the site for the proposed cement plant and Colacem has filed an appeal to LPAT.
The United Counties of Prescott-Russell approved the company’s request for a change to the Official Plan for the counties which would allow the project. Action Champlain has filed an appeal of that decision to LPAT.
LPAT is the provincial review agency which replaced the Ontario Municipal Board, the agency which heard appeals on local zoning applications and related issues. Champlain Township received a notice August 30 from LPAT that the original hearing scheduled to start September 4 was cancelled but with no explanation for the cancellation.
The township was told that a new hearing date will be scheduled and LPAT will contact all four parties involved in the matter to determine a date suitable for all concerned.