Arena draft for cement plant meeting
L’aréna de Vankleek Hill sera le site de la dernière réunion publique du 18 mai concernant un projet de cimenterie dans le canton de Champlain. Organizers of a public meeting about a proposal for a cement plant near L’Orignal expect to have a big crowd show up for the event. So they’re going to hold the meeting at the Vankleek Hill Arena.
The United Counties of Prescott-Russell (UCPR) planning department has scheduled the public meeting for May 18, starting at 6 p.m. The primary purpose is to allow Champlain Township residents, and others nearby, to express their opinions about Colacem Canada Inc.’s controversial cement plant project.
“Everyone has the right to express an opinion,” said Louis Prévost, UCPR planning director, when he confirmed the meeting date to counties council during its April 26 regular session.
Colacem Canada wants to build its proposed plant on a site about five kilometres west of L’Orignal, but the company first needs a rezoning amendment to the UCPR Official Plan (OP). Champlain Township council voted against the rezoning amendment request but UCPR council supported it.
Now the whole issue goes before the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). Colacem Canada filed an appeal to the OMB against Champlain Township council’s decision while a local community group, Action Champlain, has filed an OMB appeal against the counties’ vote.
Champlain Township mayor Gary Barton, who is this year’s UCPR warden, stated that the aim of this month’s public meeting at the arena is to allow all residents of the township and neighbouring communities a chance to voice their opinion about the cement plant proposal.
“We will sit and listen as long as we need to,” Barton said. “The purpose of the meeting is to hear the public’s comments on the issue.”