Scotian Materials takes pride in our commitment to creating long-standing projects in our communities. The Goffs quarry project has been underway since 2011. Here is a brief project timeline:
June 10, 2011 – Northern applies to Nova Scotia Environment ("NSE") for Industrial Approval (“IA”) for quarry of < 4 ha in Goffs
June 17, 2011 – NSE advises that application “incomplete” due to not supplying proof of municipal authorization in spite of Northern’s position that Halifax Regional Municipality ("HRM") did not have authority to refuse authorization, and ultimately extends deadline to July 25, 2012 to file such material, while Northern dealt with HRM, including appealing to Utility and Review Board ("UARB") from HRM’s refusal.
July 25, 2012 – NSE advises that the application for IA is refused due to not supplying the municipal authorization even though aware that Northern was challenging HRM’s authority to regulate the location of quarries by means of its extractive facilities LUB. NSE’s refusal is without prejudice to Northern’s ability to resubmit in future
Jan 28, 2013 – UARB holds it does not have jurisdiction to rule on the legality of HRM’s extractive facility bylaw and upholds HRM’s refusal to permit the quarry with extractive facilities
Feb 25, 2013 – Northern appeals to the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal ("NSCA") (in case UARB is wrong about its jurisdiction) and applies to Supreme Court of Nova Scotia ("SCNS") for a declaration the bylaw is invalid, in case the UARB is right about its jurisdiction
May 5, 2014 – after over a year of deliberation, SCNS denies Northern’s application for declaration of invalidity, and Northern appeals this decision to NSCA
May 12, 2015 – NSCA allows Northern’s appeal and confirms Northern’s longstanding position that HRM was not empowered to regulate quarry locations in the guise of regulating “extractive facilities” and declares the bylaw provision invalid
May 29, 2015 – Northern’s successor, Scotian Materials Limited, resubmits its application for the quarry
July 6, 2015 – HRM, after filing an appeal to Supreme Court of Canada, files an application for a “stay pending appeal” of NSCA’s declaration of invalidity of the bylaw
July 16, 2015 – HRM’s motion for a stay is refused
September 15, 2015 – NSE grants Industrial Approval to Scotian Materials Limited based on May 29, 2015 application
November 3, 2015 – Industrial Approval revoked by then Minister Andrew Younger due to perceived lack of public consultation December 1, 2015 – November 3rd decision appealed to SCNS by Scotian Materials
January 22, 2016 - Scotian Materials Limited reapplies for an Industrial Approval for a quarry under 4 ha.
February 18, 2016 - Supreme Court of Canada dismisses HRM's leave to appeal application of the NSCA's May 12, 2015 decision.
January 5, 2017 - Scotian Materials agrees to withdraw its December 1, 2015 SCNS appeal of the November 3, 2015 permit cancellation by then Minister Younger.
June 19, 2017 - NSE grants Industrial Approval for a quarry under 4 ha to Scotian Materials Limited based on January 22, 2016 application.