55 Industrial Street
It is expected that the Flamborough quarry rehabilitation plan will result in the creation of a lake with neighbouring wetlands and forested areas. A rehabilitation plan for the site must be approved by the Ministry of Natural Resources as part of the licensing process and will need to reflect the provincial objectives outlined in the Greenbelt Plan. St Marys will be required to carry out this plan.
Once extraction is complete, it is likely that the Flamborough property would be rezoned to reflect the end of the extractive industrial use. Any later land use of the property (e.g., for recreational or public use) would be subject to planning approvals from the City of Hamilton.
Thousands of Ontarians enjoy the benefits of rehabilitated pits and quarries every day. Aggregate extraction is an interim land use. Through rehabilitation former pits and quarries are transformed into wildlife habitats, wetlands, parks and conservation areas for generations to enjoy. Rehabilitated land can have economic, aesthetic and environmental benefits.
To see famous examples of rehabilitated pits in Ontario browse through the 2006/2007 Ontario Stone Sand and Gravel Association's Rock & Recreation Calendar.