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1 EXAMPLES OF DRAFT SITING REQUIREMENTS

2 ConsultationCSC certification Siting Requirements Contact usOperational & Planning Requirements Slide 2 Siting – Core Requirement 5.3 Core Requirement 5.3 describes siting requirements that proposed aggregate operations must meet to be certified. ‘Siting’ relates to the rules determining whether CSC will certify proposed aggregate operations that are within designated natural heritage areas or features and, if certification is allowed, what additional measures, if any, should be required of the applicant. The siting requirements of the standards designate specific natural heritage features or values as either: Certifiable – Features/areas that can be disturbed; Non-Certifiable (NCA) – Features/areas that cannot be disturbed; or Certifiable Subject to Additional Requirements (CSAR) – Features/areas that can be disturbed if additional requirements are met. Additional restrictions can include: Implementing a peer reviewed biodiversity plan Implementing an enhanced biodiversity plan in sensitive areas Meeting requirements related to rehabilitation (e.g. return to a similar state) Meeting regulatory conditions/approvals

3 ConsultationCSC certification Siting Requirements Contact usOperational & Planning Requirements Slide 3 Principle 5: Biodiversity plan requirements for CSC Candidate sites Candidate sites whose licensed area contains, or is immediately adjacent to, key natural features that are designated “CSAR – Requiring a Biodiversity Plan” under the CSC Siting Requirements must develop, implement and periodically have audited a biodiversity plan The main goals of a biodiversity plan are to: maintain or enhance the biodiversity of the subject site and surrounding area; maintain or enhance connectivity between key natural heritage features and key hydrologic features; protect, improve or restore water resources systems. Biodiversity plans are developed following a mitigation hierarchy of: 1.Avoid/Protect 2.Minimize 3.Restore 4.Offset C ORNERSTONE S TANDARDS C OUNCIL

4 ConsultationCSC certification Siting Requirements Contact usOperational & Planning Requirements Slide 4 C ORNERSTONE S TANDARDS C OUNCIL Principle 5: Biodiversity plan requirements for CSC Candidate sites Where biodiversity values cannot be protected or impacts minimized, values are offset in keeping with the following: No net loss of biodiversity at any particular point in time Establishment of offsets occurs prior to disruption of the feature being impacted Offsets are established iteratively based on the total area of biodiversity values to be disturbed in the subsequent 10 years The amount of land to be offset is based on either: A)For existing forest cover at a sub-watershed scale of: (i) > 50%: compensating lands will be at 1:1 ratio (ii) 40 – 50%: compensating lands will be at 1:1.5 ratio (iii) 30 – 40%: compensating lands will be at 1:2 ratio (iv) < 30%: compensating lands will be at 1:3 ratio or B)A scientifically supported alternative approach to the above that provides a stronger conservation rationale

5 ConsultationCSC certification Siting Requirements Contact usOperational & Planning Requirements Slide 5 License Area: 100 Acres NCA features: 20 Acres CSAR features: 0 Acres Extraction area: 80 Acres NCA features plus buffer undisturbed Biodiversity plan required before extraction begins Rehabilitation Progressive rehabilitation to biodiversity plan Final rehabilitation completed within 2 years Extraction Area Progressive Rehabilitation Biodiversity plan example 1: NCA features on site 7.5 Acres (NCA PSW) Acres buffer 7.5 Acres (NCA PSW) Acres buffer 7.5 Acres (NCA Alvar) Acres buffer

6 ConsultationCSC certification Siting Requirements Contact usOperational & Planning Requirements Slide 6 License Area: 100 Acres NCA features: 0 Acres CSAR features: 5 Acres Compensating lands required for CSAR feature (1:1 = 5 Acres) Efforts to place offset (5 acres) in protective easement Extraction area: 100 Acres Biodiversity plan required Rehabilitation Progressive rehabilitation to biodiversity plan Final rehabilitation completed within 2 years Extraction Area Progressive Rehabilitation 5 Acres CSAR - Non-PSW wetland 5 Acres CSAR - Non-PSW wetland Biodiversity plan example 2: CSAR features on site – subwatershed forest cover >50% (offset 1:1) 5 Acre Offset

7 ConsultationCSC certification Siting Requirements Contact usOperational & Planning Requirements Slide 7 License Area: 100 Acres NCA features: 0 Acres CSAR features: 5 Acres Compensating lands required for CSAR feature (1:3 = 15 Acres) Efforts to place offset (15 acres) in protective easement Extraction area: 100 Acres Biodiversity plan required Rehabilitation Progressive rehabilitation to biodiversity plan Final rehabilitation completed within 2 years Extraction Area Progressive Rehabilitation 5 Acres CSAR - Non-PSW wetland 5 Acres CSAR - Non-PSW wetland Biodiversity plan example 3: CSAR features on site – subwatershed forest cover <30% (offset 1:3) 15 Acre Offset

8 ConsultationCSC certification Siting Requirements Contact usOperational & Planning Requirements Slide 8 CR 5.3 – Request for specific input on the GB NHS CR 5.3 includes a request for specific input on siting within Natural Heritage Systems, including Ontario’s Greenbelt Natural Heritage System (GB NHS). This has been one of the most challenging issues for CSC and a a diversity of views exists the CSC Board regarding this issue. Views range from those who feel that the GB NHS should be treated the same as other natural heritage system under CR 5.3, to those who feel that any proposed aggregate operations in the GB NHS should be ineligible for certification. To inform ongoing discussions CSC is requesting input on the following questions: 1.Should the GB NHS be treated differently than other natural heritage systems in Ontario? If so, in what way and why? 2.Should CSC consider declaring an interim moratorium on the certification of proposed operations in the Greenbelt Natural Heritage System and re- open the discussion following the government’s policy review? 3.If CSC does proceed with allowing certification of proposed operations within GB NHS, what is your reaction to the “enhanced biodiversity” approach outlined in Appendix 9? 4.Should this “enhanced biodiversity” approach be applied to Natural Heritage Systems across the province?

9 ConsultationCSC certification Siting Requirements Contact usOperational & Planning Requirements Slide 9 C ORNERSTONE S TANDARDS C OUNCIL Understanding the “enhanced biodiversity” approach Extraction is exclusively within areas absent of Natural Heritage Features (e.g. woodlands, wetlands) Sites must maintain or improve connectivity between key natural heritage features and hydrologic features Compensating lands at a ratio of 1:2 are progressively established in advance of operations Efforts are made to place the lands containing the improved habitat under some form of protection (lands rehabilitated to agricultural use are exempted from this) or public ownership The maximum disturbed area for the site, at any one time, is: Limited to 33% for pits >100ha Limited to 50% for quarries >100ha

10 Slide 10 License Area: 100 Acres NCA features + buffers: O Acres CSAR features: 100 Acres (GB NHS) Offset: 200 Acres offsite Total extraction area: 100 Acres BioD plan: Required Rehab: Progressive rehabilitation includes a BioD plan seeking to improve biodiversity 300 Acres - Public ownership or easement 100 Acres Offset: 200 Acres (in advance of extraction) Offset: 200 Acres (in advance of extraction) Rehab as per CR 5.6 Public Ownership or Easement Enhanced Biodiversity approach example 1: Located within the GB NHS with no NCA features onsite

11 Slide 11 License Area: 100 Acres NCA features + buffers: 20 Acres CSAR features: 0 Acres Total extraction area: 80 Acres Offset: 80 1:2 ratio = 160 Acres Progressive rehabilitation includes Biodiversity Plan approach 260 Acres - Public ownership or easement 7.5 Acres Buffer NCA – Sig. Woods 5 Acres + 5 Buffer NCA – PSW Offset 160 Acres (in advance of extraction) Progressive Rehab + BioD Plan Public ownership or protective easement Enhanced Biodiversity approach example 2: Located within the GB NHS with NCA features onsite

12 ConsultationCSC certification Siting Requirements Contact usOperational & Planning Requirements Slide 12 C ORNERSTONE S TANDARDS C OUNCIL Contact Information Visit us online at Lorne Johnson, Executive Director, Maia Becker, Implementation Lead, Nic Schulz, Director of Outreach,


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