News & Updates

County Official Plan amendment appeal settled today

April 18, 2018

Following three days of testimony by County witnesses, the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal has approved a settlement on the Walker Environmental Group (WEG) appeal of OPA 197.

UPDATE APRIL 26, 2018: The modified version of OPA 197 with changes marked has been received from the Tribunal. Review the modified version

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About the committee

The Joint Municipal Coordinating Committee (JMCC)is the voice of the municipalities most directly affected by a proposal for a large-scale landfill in Southwestern Ontario:Zorra Township, theTown of Ingersoll, theTownship of South-West Oxford, and theCounty of Oxford, which comprises Oxford's eight local area municipalities.

Learn more about the Joint Municipal Coordinating Committee

What is the Southwestern Ontario Landfill Proposal?

The landfill proposal wassubmittedin March 2012 by Walker Environmental Group. The proposed site of the landfillis in Zorra Township bordering the Town of Ingersoll and South-West Oxford Township. Known locally as Beachville Lime, the site is owned by Carmeuse Lime (Canada).

Visit the Walker Industries Southwestern Landfill Proposal website

Where we are now

On March 17, 2016 the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) accepted the Terms of Reference for Walker Environmental Group’s Southwestern Landfill Proposal. This allows the proponent, Walker, to conduct an Environmental Assessment (EA). This process involves the proponent completing technical work plans and studies to determine if the landfill can be constructed and operated safely.

On March 18, 2016, JMCC Chair and Mayor of Zorra Township, Margaret Lupton issued a formal response to the MOECC’s decision, expressing disappointment with the decision.

Oxford is not a willing host to the landfill proposal. In fact, Oxford County is making a tremendous effort to minimize waste within its own borders through its commitment to becoming a zero waste community as part of the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan.

The JMCC is committed to following EA process and will be drawing on the expertise of each of the members to review and comment on the Environmental Assessment.

What is the Southwestern Ontario Landfill Proposal?

The landfill proposal wassubmittedin March 2012 by Walker Environmental Group. The proposed site of the landfillis in Zorra Township bordering the Town of Ingersoll and South-West Oxford Township. Known locally as Beachville Lime, the site is owned by Carmeuse Lime (Canada).

Visit the Walker Industries Southwestern Landfill Proposal website

Community response

Agroup of concerned citizens and business owners haveformed theOPAL Allianceto oppose the project. The group isworkingwith other county and provincially-based groups concerned about the landfill proposal.

Visit the OPAL Alliance website

Facebook: STOP THE DUMP from coming to Ingersoll

Community Response

A group of concerned citizens and business owners haveformed theOPAL Allianceto oppose the project. The group isworkingwith other county and provincially-based groups concerned about the landfill proposal.

Visit the OPAL Alliance website

Facebook: STOP THE DUMP from coming to Ingersoll

Letters

 TitleDescription
May 23, 2017 - Letter from JMCC Chair Margaret Lupton to Walker Environmental GroupRequesting that Walker address the five general recommendations and the specific technical comments provided in the Peer Review Team report
May 23, 2017 - Letter from JMCC Chair Margaret Lupton to Walker Environmental GroupSubmitting Peer Review Team report on updated work plans and requesting Walker set up technical meetings re: air and noise assessment, groundwater and surface water assessments, and heath risks and health effects arising from the socio-economic effects
March 20, 2017 - Letter from JMCC Chair Margaret Lupton to Walker Environmental GroupRegarding concerns about the Alternative Methods Interim Report
August 19, 2015 - Letter to the Minister of Environment and Climate ChangeRegarding consultation with Aboriginal communities
August 14, 2015 - Letter to Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and Carmeuse Lime Ltd.Regarding concerns about West Quarry Lake
May 26, 2015 - Letter to the Minister of the Environment and Climate ChangeOxford's zero waste goals and statement that County is not a willing host
April 23, 2015 - Letter to Premier Wynne, Ministers of Aboriginal Affairs and Environment and Climate ChangeRegarding failure to directly engage with First Nations communities

Reports and Documents

July 5, 2013
Peer Review Report: Review of Southwestern Landfill Proposal Environmental Assessment Draft Terms of Reference.
Submitted by the Joint Municipal Peer Review Coordinating Committee .

October 8, 2013
Peer Review Report: Review of Southwestern Landfill Proposal Environmental Assessment Revised Terms of Reference Dated 29 August, 2013.
Submitted by the Joint Municipal Peer Review Coordinating Committee.

May 2, 2014
Letter containing final Peer Review Team comments on the August 29, 2013, Terms of Reference Amendments and related recommendations.
Prepared by Haussmann Consulting for the Joint Municipal Peer Review Coordinating Committee.

Past news releases

Oxford County CAO submits letter raising concern with Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA) for West Quarry Lake – Read the letter

Oxford County Warden submits letter to Minister of Environment and Climate Change - Read the letter

Oxford County Warden submits letter to Premier Wynne, Ministers of Aboriginal Affairs and Environment and Climate Change - Read the letters

JMCC submits letter ot Minister of Environment and Climate Change heading into OGRA/ROMA conference - Read the letter

JMCC hosts public information meeting – News release |Presentation |Minutes  + link to YouTube video