Aggregates resources and excess soil
We’re reviewing Regional Official Plan mineral aggregates resources and excess soil management policies.
Notice of Decision – Approval of the Region of Peel Official Plan
On November 4, 2022, the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing issued a decision to approve the new Region of Peel Official Plan (RPOP) with 44 modifications. Download the Notice of Decision. Learn more about the Notice of Decision.
The new RPOP, as modified, came into effect as of November 4, 2022, replacing the previous Region of Peel Official Plan. The Minister's decision is final and there are no appeals.
A new version of the RPOP is being prepared to include the Minister's modifications and will be posted to the Download the Peel Regional Official Plan page.
Regional Council Adoption of the new Region of Peel Official Plan
Regional Council passed By-law 20-2022 to adopt the new RPOP on April 28, 2022. Download the Council Adopted RPOP on our Draft policies and mapping page.
The Council Adopted RPOP was submitted to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing for approval.
Email Regional Planning and Growth Management to join our notification list, and stay up to date on the new RPOP.
A mineral aggregate resource is the technical name for sand, gravel or crushed stone used in construction.
Peel’s aggregate resource base is made up of loose sands and gravels, shale, sandstone and dolostone. We use aggregate to build roads, infrastructure and homes.
High Potential Mineral Aggregate Resource Areas (HPMARA) are areas that identify significant deposits of mineral aggregate resources.
We’re committed to:
- Identifying and protecting Peel’s HPMARA.
- Supporting the rehabilitation of extraction sites.
- Protecting Peel’s communities from the possible harmful impacts of removing aggregate.
Our Regional Official Plan recognizes mineral aggregates resources as an important part of Peel’s economy.
As part of the Peel 2051: Regional Official Plan Review, we’re reviewing aggregates resource policies and mapping to:
- Ensure Peel’s policies align with provincial policies and that address Regional and local needs and interests.
- Update HPMARA mapping to show new provincial bedrock mapping and constraints.
- Update our policies for aggregates recycling and excess soils.
We’re working with partners and stakeholders to acknowledge aggregate resources as a contributor to Peel’s economy while protecting Peel’s communities.
Excess soil is soil that has been excavated, typically during construction, that must be moved off-site because it will not be reused at the development site. The Region of Peel has areas where excess soil is produced through excavation projects and accommodated at receiving sites.
We’re committed to:
- Promoting best management practices for excess soil
- Ensuring excess soil is safely reused for beneficial purposes
- Protecting the natural environment
The land use planning and development processes provide opportunities to implement excess soil conservation and management best practices.
As a part of the Peel 2051 Regional Official Plan Review, reviewing excess soil policies to:
- Require best management practices for the management of excess soil to be undertaken during the development process.
- Providing direction to identify appropriate sites for excess soil storage and processing.
Aggregate Resources - Related Council & Committee Reports and Presentation
An update related to the Aggregate Resources and Excess Soil Focus Area has been provided to Regional Council and the Planning and Growth Management Committee (PGMC) in 2021. The report is provided for reference below:
For more information, email Regional Planning or call (905) 791-7800 ext. 4350.
- Age-friendly planning
- Aggregates resources and excess soil
- Agriculture and rural systems
- Climate change
- Greenlands system
- Growth management
- Health and the built environment
- Major transit station areas
- Other focus areas (including cultural heritage, Indigenous engagement, and waste management, and rural settlement boundary refinement)
- Provincial Greenbelt plans (including Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and Niagara Escarpment Plan)
- Settlement area boundary expansion
- Wildland fires
- Water resources