Resident advocacy group seeking to participate in tribunal hearing on proposed Napanee asphalt plant

Canadian Environmental Law Association representing group in upcoming hearing

Resident advocacy group seeking to participate in tribunal hearing on proposed Napanee asphalt plant

Keep Napanee Great (KNG), a non-profit resident advocacy group, is seeking to participate in the upcoming tribunal hearing on the proposed development of an asphalt plant in Napanee.

According to KNG, Ottawa-based construction firm R.W. Tomlinson Limited requested that the town council rezone a portion of its quarry property to permit the construction and operation of a permanent hot mix asphalt plant about 1.5 kilometres from the downtown core of Napanee. The proposed asphalt plant aims to operate around the clock, producing an average of about 500 tons of asphalt per day.

In April 2022, the town council voted unanimously to deny the rezoning application. The group said the application was in the “best interests of the community” for the following reasons: (1) it does not adequately protect drinking water sources and groundwater; (2) it may result in unacceptable adverse impacts on nearby residents due to dust, odour, traffic, and noise emissions; and (3) it is generally not compatible with the existing uses in the area.

The company then appealed the council decision with the Ontario Land Tribunal under the Planning Act.

With this, KNG tapped the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) to assist the group in the upcoming tribunal hearing. On behalf of KNG, lawyers from CELA requested the tribunal to allow KNG to take part in the appeal proceedings. The tribunal has yet to rule on the request.

“Our group has participated extensively in the land use planning process for this proposal because serious concerns remain about the plant’s potential negative impacts upon air and water quality and the residents’ health and safety,” said KNG vice-president Vicki Stewart. “We are thrilled to have CELA’s expertise in helping us address our concerns at the tribunal hearing.”

Related stories

Free newsletter

Our newsletter is FREE and keeps you up to date on all the developments in the Ontario legal community. Please enter your email address below to subscribe.

Recent articles & video

Ont. Court of Appeal allows beneficiary to exercise will’s option to buy changed ‘farming business’

More than half a million dollars in costs awarded to victims of abuse in mental health institution

Ontario Court of Justice welcomes Caroline Kim as new judge

Employment insurance sickness benefits deductible from income replacement benefits: Ontario court

Reasonable grounds for drug arrest without direct witnessing of crime: Ontario Court of Appeal

Seized cash circumstantial evidence that accused is drug trafficker: Ontario Court of Appeal

Most Read Articles

LSO tribunal allows lawyer accused of theft to practise in-house pending merits determination

OBA raises concerns over Tribunals Ontario's 'digital-first' approach to hearings

Human Rights Commission reacts to proposed migrant worker housing by-law in Kingsville

Reasonable grounds for drug arrest without direct witnessing of crime: Ontario Court of Appeal