February 18, 2018
To: SLCO Members
Re: Proposed Lippa Pit and Quarry: Pre-Hearing Conference Reminder – Feb 21, 10:00 am
As you are aware from my previous communications on this topic, Frank Lippa is seeking an Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment to allow a 135.4 acre pit and quarry, in the vicinity of Butler Mill Road and Aspdin Road, less than 2 kilometers from Skeleton Lake.
The purpose of this letter is to remind you of the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) Pre-Hearing Conference (PHC) to be held on Wednesday February 21, 2018 at 10 am. The PHC will be held at the Municipal Office, 1 Bailey Street, Port Carling.
The primary reason for the PHC is to determine whether Mr. Lippa and his consulting team are ready to proceed to a hearing (i.e. are his studies and reports completed). If so, the OMB Board Member may ask parties to settle on available dates for a hearing. If Mr. Lippa is not ready to proceed, then he will ask the Board for a second PHC, likely 3 or 4 months from now.
As our legal counsel has advised, a strong turnout from residents and cottagers who are opposed to the proposed pit and quarry is important at the PHC. It is important to demonstrate to the adjudicator(s) that a large number of people are against the proposed pit and quarry. Thus, we encourage you to attend the PHC on Wednesday, February 21, at 10:00 am at the Township of Muskoka Lakes Council Chambers in Port Carling.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.
Scott May, President
Skeleton Lake Cottagers Organization
c: 416 559 2839