All in Aggregate

Represented the Clearview Community Coalition (“CCC”) in its fight to stop a massive 42-million tonne aggregate quarry on the Brow of the Niagara Escarpment. Major issues of concern to CCC included haul route safety and noise. After a 15-month hearing, an unusual split decision (2-1) of the Joint Board approved the quarry but reduced the quarry footprint to preserve sensitive environmental features, including Ontario’s largest colony of the species of Special Concern, the American Hart’s Tongue Fern.

Represented Grey Matters in their fight to stop the proposed 247-acre, 1-million tonnes per year quarry adjacent to the Niagara Escarpment Plan area. Donnelly Law helped prepare the expert evidence of hydrogeologist, Daryl Cowell. The OMB allowed the quarry, but required a larger buffer zone the American Hart’s Tongue Fern, a key component of the case.

Currently representing cottagers and residents of the Township of Muskoka Lakes opposed to a proposed 200,000 tonnes/annum below water table granite pit and quarry adjacent to the oligotrophic (ultra-sensitive) Skeleton Lake. Donnelly Law organized a four-person expert team and responses to technical deficiencies in the application, and deputed to Council, resulting in a 9-0 Council vote to oppose the re-zoning. According to Mr. Gord Miller, ecologist, the quarry “could significantly alter the character and ecology of the lake”. A three-week LPAT hearing is expected in 2019.

Successfully represented Sarah Harmer and Protecting Escarpment Rural Land (“PERL”) during a twelve-month OMB hearing in opposition to a massive, below-water table quarry that included Jefferson Salamander habitat in Burlington, Ontario.  The Joint Board denied the 26-million tonne quarry application.  Mount Nemo is saved from future extraction.  Donnelly Law coordinated PERL’s case with its expert witnesses, including a planner, biologist, and two hydrogeologists