Right now the future does not look promising for a proposed asphalt plant project in Alfred-Plantagenet Township. But the project’s proponent says he’s not giving up and will go to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) for help getting approval if he has to.
The planning committee for the United Counties of Prescott-Russell (UCPR) has recommended against having a mineral aggregate resource site designation in the Jessup’s Falls Escarpment off of County Road 17 as part of the Official Plan for the UCPR. There is a bat hibernaculum located within a small karst-style cave system that is part of an Area of Natural and Scientific Interest (ANSI) within the escarpment.
While UCPR planning staff recommended leaving the mineral aggregate designation in place, the committee has decided to remove the site designation to further protect the ANSI.
Pierre Bernard, who has spent the past four years on a proposal for an asphalt plant off the county road near the escarpment needs the mineral aggregate designation for his property for the plant development. He expressed disappointment with the committee’s recommendation but will wait until June when the UCRP council votes on whether to accept all the recommended changes to the OP.
Bernard said that he will appeal to the OMB if the decision stands to remove the aggregate mineral designation on his property.
The proposed asphalt plant has been a subject of local controversy in Alfred-Plantagenet Township for the past four years.
More details in this week’s Tribune-Express.