Proposed Lippa Quarry project blocked following heavy public opposition
Photo Credit: Submitted by James Bowler, Moose FM Staff
A proposed quarry project for Muskoka Lakes isn’t making it past the municipal planning phase.
Muskoka Lakes Council has turned down an application to rezone a property from residential to rural industrial in order to build the Lippa Quarry.
The decision came after hundreds of residents turned up at a public meeting in Port Carling this morning to speak out against the project.
Homeowners and cottagers who live nearby the site raised concerns about cancer-causing silica getting into the air, mercury contaminating the nearby Skeleton Lake and property values dropping.
A consulting firm representing the project spoke to some of these concerns with guarantees that all provincial and environmental standards would be met.
In the end, council voted unanimously against the rezoning application.
A town official says the owner of the property still has the option to file an appeal with the Ontario Municipal Board.