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Township council approves revised soil deposit and removal bylaw

Following consultation with residents, staff, and the Provincial government, Township Council has approved changes to the Soil Deposit and Removal Bylaw.

The amended Bylaw, adopted by Council on March 3, redefines the rules with respect to the application and permitting process for residents who wish to deposit on or remove material from land within the Township.

Paul Albrecht, Township Soil Enforcement Officer noted, “The Township believes the revised Bylaw strikes a balance between giving residents input into proposals that may impact the neighborhood and the broader community, while still providing an opportunity for a land owner to initiate a proposal that may improve their property.”

Through the newly amended Bylaw and related policy, non-farm use soil deposit and removal applications exceeding a certain amount will be required to go through a petition process and attain approval by Council.  Proposals for land within the Agriculture Land Reserve (ALR) would still require the approval of the Agriculture Land Commission (ALC).

“It is important that residents who wish to deposit on or remove soil from their property attain a permit from the Township,” Albrecht said. “We strongly encourage residents to contact the Township for information related to the Bylaw and policy prior to initiating such work.”

Residents who suspect that unauthorized dumping or removal of material is taking place are urged to immediately report it by calling the Township’s Soil Hotline at 604-532-7349 or the Operations Centre at 604.532.7300 to ensure prompt and timely enforcement.

Please visit tol.ca/soils for information related to soil deposition and removal within the Township.

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