TML Official Plan Second Draft - August 12 Highlights & Next Meeting

At the Special Planning Committee meeting on August 12, Jeff Crocker, President of the Skeleton Lake Cottagers Organization addressed two concerns with regard to the second draft of the TML Official Plan revision. In the meeting video, watch from 7:57:40 - 8:01:30 to see this discussion.

The first issue involved the siting of new quarries with regard to haulage routes. In the current TML OP, there is a policy that requires new quarry developments to be sited 'in close proximity to a provincial highway', and Mr. Crocker is advocating that the policy should require new quarry developments to be sited 'within 2 kilometres of a provincial highway', which would be more precise and enforceable. The Lippa quarry site is more than 10 kilometres from the nearest provincial highway, well beyond the 2 kilometre limit proposed by Mr. Crocker.

The second issue addressed by Mr. Crocker concerns a procedural issue arising from the public consultation process. Meridian has suggested that public input arising from the Second Draft should be directed to the TML Planning Department for processing, and that only a summary would be forwarded to the other members of the Special Planning Committee. Mr. Crocker pointed out that this procedure would prevent members of the public from communicating directly with their elected representatives, and that this would erode confidence in the process.

Unfortunately, due to time constraints, it was not possible to discuss the issues brought forward by Mr. Crocker at the meeting on August 12. However, these and other issues, arising from the Second Draft of the TML Official Plan, will be discussed at the next Special Planning Committee meeting, which will be held on Wednesday, September 1, starting at 9:00 am. This will be a virtual meeting, and will be available on the TML YouTube channel, where you can watch live, or view the recorded meeting at a later date.

In the meantime, if you have any concerns about the Second Draft of the TML OP that have not been addressed, then contact the TML Planning Department for clarification, and if your concerns are not resolved, then you can register to speak at the meeting on September 1. For example, recently Ross Earl contacted the Planning Department to find out why Lambert's Lake, one of the key lakes in the Lippa quarry case, was not listed in Table X (Lake Categories) of the draft OP. Director Pink agreed to change the draft OP so that Lambert's Lake would be included in Table X in the next version of the OP, and so the issue was resolved without having to delegate at the next meeting.

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