Proposed Abattoir at 8076 Longwoods Road
A proposed rezoning of a property at 8076 Longwoods Road in Lambeth has been a contentious issue for area residents. The property is currently zoned as an Agricultural Small Holding (AG4) and the property owner has been raising sheep, lambs and goats for the past 8 years. The proposition to rezone the property from an AG4 to an Agricultural Commercial (AGC) Zone would allow the property to be run as an abattoir (AGC2), meaning it would be subjected to the Ontario Food Safety and Quality Act : this would mean the property would be regulated by the Lieutenant Governor of the Council. Abattoirs are subjected to stringent guidelines and policies under this act, the implementation of which will bring the treatment of livestock into conformity with provincial laws. The property and surrounding residences are currently situated on prime agricultural land.
Abattoirs in Ontario must comply with a number of firm regulations, many of which would bring the current property in line should it be rezoned. Councillor Anna Hopkins has emphasized two holding provisions which would address the stated concerns of Lambeth residents. In order to be rezoned, 8076 Longwoods Road must provide a site plan, outlining fencing and the relocation of the livestock paddock to the north of the property. A nutrient management plan must also be implemented: this will regulate the manure on the property.
At this stage, the future of 8076 Longwoods Road is at the behest of the Ontario Municipality Board (OMB). The case has been brought before the OMB: the hearing will begin on February 7 at 11 a.m. at City Hall on London, Ontario. There are two subsequent sessions scheduled for February 8 and February 9, both beginning at 11 a.m. (OMB Case Number: PL170972). Each session will be held in City Hall’s Committee Room #5. Residents are invited to listen to the proceedings, though the OMB is not accepting additional feedback at this stage. Additionally, it is unknown when the OMB will be making their final decision regarding this matter. The decision to rezone the property will be decided by the OMB.
According to the Ontario Municipal Board website: “[the OMB]’s processes are designed to resolve disputes in an informal, less costly and more timely manner than in the courts OMB members make independent decisions based on the applicable laws and policies, and the evidence presented at the hearing”. To learn more about the OMB and their proceedings, visit their website here.
Further ReadingAbout the OMB. (2018). Environmental and Land Tribunals Ontario. Retrieved from http://elto.gov.on.ca/tribunals/omb/about-the-omb/
Assessment Review Board. (2018). Ontario Municipal Board. Retrieved from http://www.omb.gov.on.ca/english/eStatus/eStatus.html
Drawings and specification requirements for new or existing abattoirs licensed under the meat inspection act (Ontario). (2004). Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Retrieved from http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/food/inspection/meatinsp/abat_construc_fact.htm
Food Safety and Quality Act, 2001. (2011). Ontario Laws. Retrieved from https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/01f20#BK