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September 21 and 22
2 days, 2 disciplines, 2 ways to participate – defining our professional roles and uniting to build more equitable, accessible and inspired communities.
This session engages the audience in a discussion and review of best practices connecting aggregate extraction with agricultural production. Across Ontario, aggregate extraction provides economic stimulus for many rural locales. Such operations often occur on agricultural land or within close proximity to productive farmland. Aggregate operations significantly alter the landscape and are often considered a nuisance to adjacent land owners. Also aggregates and agriculture are often in competition for the same land base. While research regarding the social impacts of aggregate extraction on rural residents has been conducted, little is known regarding the social, economic, environmental, and land use impacts on farms in close proximity.
Planning is essential to help mitigate and resolve the conflicts that can inherently exist. The approvals process, appropriate policy, and mitigating strategies can help manage this relationship recognizing the critical role of both sectors.
Participants in this session will be asked to share their experience with planning for aggregate extraction. We would like to examine/discuss/consider what has worked, what hasn’t worked, and what are the lessons to be shared with other planners and municipal decision makers. Results from this session will be integrated into a broader research project and will be made immediately available electronically in terms of graphs, tables, and charts developed with the assistance of the participants. In addition, the results will be integrated into a more fulsome report that will be shared with participants following the session.