Column: November 12, 2015

Update on the West Carleton Environmental Centre expansion

In last week’s column, I noted that earlier this year the City received a site plan control application from Waste Management of Canada for the West Carleton Environmental Centre to permit an expansion to the existing waste disposal facility.

When the application was received, the City put a holding provision (h) on the property which could not be removed until the site plan control application was approved. As of last week, city staff approved the application and recommended the holding provision (h) be lifted. As part the approval process, the City put in place 38 conditions that Waste Management must meet before the site plan could be registered and any work take place on the property. Waste Management has agreed and expansion work won’t begin until all conditions are met.

At the Agricultural & Rural Affairs Committee on November 5, city staff presented an information report recommending the lifting of holding provision (h). Next, it will be presented at City Council where staff will recommend Council pass a by-law to lift holding provision (h).

It will still be some time before any work is started on the expansion. The City will continue to work closely with Waste Management as they fulfill their site plan conditions.

For more information on the planned expansion and the approvals process, visit my website ( Under the “Latest News” section of the home page, I’ve provide some detailed background information as well as a Q & A document.

Temporary road closure

Please note that McGee Side Road from Spruce Ridge Road to David Manchester Drive will be closed from Monday, November 16 to Friday, November 20, 2015 to complete work on small culvert replacements. There will be a signed detour and local and emergency vehicle access will be maintained.

Nominate an outstanding young farmer

Do you know a farmer or a farm couple who exemplify excellence in their profession? Then why not nominate them for Ontario’s Outstanding Young Farmer through the Outstanding Young Farmers Program. A farmer or farm couple can be nominated as long as they are between ages 18-39, are farm operators and derive a minimum of two-thirds of their income from farming. Nominations are due by December 2, 2015 via