Colacem is hosting an open house to provide information about its proposed cement plant for the L’Orignal area. The open house takes place on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Grenville Community Centre in the community hall at 21 Tri-Jean in Grenville, Quebec.
In a flyer obtained by The Review, the company says that, “company representatives and consultants will be available to provide information and answer questions regarding the proposed cement plant, regulatory approvals processes and technical studies completed for the project.”
Colacem’s application has met with some objections from L’Orignal residents, who have been vocal at public meetings and have formed a group called “Action Champlain.”
Champlain Township is the proposed location for the plant, which is being proposed on a 56-hectare lot north of County Road 17, about five kilometres west of L’Orignal, adjacent to an existing quarry owned and operated by Colacem.
Champlain Township has voted against the zoning amendment application which would have moved the project forward. In the meantime, the United Counties of Prescott-Russell approved legislation (a change to the counties’ official plan) needed for the Colacem plant to proceed, although not unanimously. Hawkesbury Mayor Jeanne Charlebois, Champlain Township Mayor Gary Barton and East Hawkesbury Mayor Robert Kirby voted against accepting Colacem’s request for changes to the counties’ official plan.
Ontario Municipal Board: two appeals
Colacem appealed Champlain Township’s refusal of a zoning amendment. Action Champlain, the citizens group opposing the cement plant, is appealing the United Counties of Prescott-Russell’s amendment to its Official Plan allowing for the plant’s construction on Highway 17.
An Ontario Municipal Board pre-hearing conference in September 2017 determined that both appeals would be heard during a four-to-five-week period set aside in September 2018. That hearing will begin on September 4, 2018.
For more information about the open house, you are invited to contact Marc Bataille, Technical Director for Colacem Canada at 1-819-242-4312, extension 275, or Alain Bernard, Commercial Division Manager Construction Materials for Colacem, at 613-675-4614, extension 227.