May 12, 2016

Upcoming public meeting - May 30, 2016 - regarding proposed amendments to the Official Plan

The City has posted Notice of a Public Meeting on May 30th regarding the Planning Act, including the two parcels of land near the landfill outlined in the last post.

Above the two pieces of land near the landfill, the notice says:
"Rezone the lands generally located east of Grandview Street North, north of the extension of Rossland Road East to OSH (Hazard Lands Open Space" to reflect that these lands are owned by the City of Oshawa and are used as a buffer to the former IDOL landfill site."

"What: The Oshawa Development Services Committee will be holding a Planning Act public meeting regarding proposed City-initiated Amendments to the Oshawa Official Plan, Samac Secondary Plan and Zoning By-law 60-94 (File: B-3200-1326).

When: May 30, 2016 - 6:30pm

Where: Council Chamber, Oshawa City Hall, 50 Centre Street South, Use South Parking Lot to enter City Hall."

These details in addition to why, where properties are located and how to provide comments, obtain additional information, access the report, and be notified of a decision are found in the image below or online.




April 11, 2016

Development Services Committee meeting - Apr 4, 2016

At the April 4th Development Services Committee meeting, a March 30th report (available here) was presented: "Declaration of Certain City Lands as Surplus to Municipal Requirements".

"DS-16-53 
Declaration of Certain City Lands as Surplus to Municipal Requirements

Recommendation (Carried– See Page 9) 

That the Development Services Committee recommend to City Council:
That, pursuant to Report DS-16-53 dated March 30, 2016, the City-owned lands identified in Attachment 1 to Report DS-16-53 be declared surplus to municipal requirements."

Two small parcels are adjacent to the former IDOL landfill (see photos below, taken from the report):

  • Location: 0 Rossland Road East - North side of Rossland Road East (at current easterly terminus), east of Grandview Street North (Page 42-43)
         Former IDOL landfill site is to the east

  • Location: Unimproved Corbetts Road Allowance, East of Grandview Street (Page 70-71)
        Former IDOL landfill site is to the south    


The report notes: "Before the City can dispose of any land, Council must declare the land surplus to municipal requirements...In the event Council ultimately and formally declares a City holding surplus, the Development Services Department would prepare a report for the Development Services Committee and Council that sets out a recommended disposal strategy for each surplus City-owned land at the appropriate time." 



Also at this meeting was a March 30th report (available here) was presented: "City-initiated Amendments to the Oshawa Official Plan, the Samac Seondary Plan and Zoning By-law 60-94" 

"DS-16-54 
City-initiated Amendments to the Oshawa Official Plan and Zoning By-law 60-94 

Recommendation (Carried – See Page 4)

That the Development Services Committee recommend to City Council:
That, pursuant to Report DS-16-54 dated March 31, 2016, the Development Services Department be authorized to initiate the statutory public process under the Planning Act for Council to consider proposed amendments to the Oshawa Official Plan, the Samac Secondary Plan and Zoning By-law 60-94 generally in accordance with Attachment 1 to said Report."

The report outlines the implicated lands and the issues. Its purpose is to obtain Council authorization to initiate the public process under the Planning Act for Council to consider proposed City-initiated amendments to these two pieces of land, among other City-owned land.  

The report notes that in the event Council approves the Recommendation, a public meeting will be advertised and held, pursuant to the Planning Act, on the proposed amendments.

From page 201 of the report: 

Zoning By-law 60-94: Section: Map C3

Issue:
The subject lands generally located east of Grandview Street North, north of the extension of Rossland Road East and are owned by the City of Oshawa. It is appropriate to rezone the lands from UR (Urban Reserve) to OSH (Hazard Lands Open Space) to correspond with the intended use as a buffer between development and the former IDOL landfill site and to be consistent with the zoning to the east of the former IDOL landfill site. 

Proposed Amendment:
Amend Zoning Map C3: 

 

December 14, 2015

Development Services Committee meeting - Dec 7, 2015

On December 7, 2015 the Development Services Committee presented "Declaration of Certain City lands as Potentially Surplus" (available: http://app.oshawa.ca/agendas/development_services/2015/12-07/DS_15_219_Report_2015RealEstateDispositionInventory_FINAL.pdf).

Two properties in this large document are adjacent to the IDOL landfill:

Page 87 description, followed by aerial map on page 88:
Location: 0 Rossland Road East - North side of Rossland Road East (at current easterly terminus), east of Grandview Street North

Legal Description: Plan 40M1588 Pt. Block 113
Property Description: Undeveloped parcel of land (G036)
Size (ha) 0.0502
Characteristics of the Surrounding Area
     To the north: open space
     To the east: vacant land (former IDOL landfill site)
     To the south: Future Rossland Road East, residential
     To the west: commercial plaza
Date of Acquisition and Instrument Number
     July 29, 1987
     Instrument Number: 340142
Reasons for Acquisition: 1990 records indicate that the property was part of a larger General Holding at the time (Number 70)
Special Council Directives: N/A
Official Plan Designation: Open Space and Recreation
Zoning By-law Designation: UR (Urban Reserve)
Current Uses: Unoccupied open space
Additional Comments: This parcel functions as a buffer for the abutting IDOL site
Recommendation: Declare potentially surplus

Page 121 description, followed by aerial map on page 122:
Location: Corbett’s Road
Legal Description: N/A
Property Description: Long vacant parcel containing vegetation
Size (ha) N/A
Characteristics of the Surrounding Area
     To the north: residential, open space
     To the east: Corbett’s Park
     To the south: former IDOL landfill site, townhouses
     To the west: residential
Date of Acquisition and Instrument Number: N/A
Reasons for Acquisition: N/A
Special Council Directives: N/A
Official Plan Designation: Open Space and Recreation
Zoning By-law Designation: OSH (Hazard Lands Open Space)
Current Uses: Vacant open space
Recommendation: Declare potentially surplus


Also at this meeting, the Department recommended the approval of the applications to amend the official plan and zoning at Rossland Road E and Grandview Road N. These applications are to permit a larger restaurant with a maximum gross floor area of 215 square metres (2,314 sq. ft.) and to permit service office uses as additional permitted uses at 701 and 705 Grandview Street North (the full document is available: http://app.oshawa.ca/agendas/development_services/2015/12-07/ds_15_222_report_grandview_final.pdf).

June 18, 2015

Bidding opportunity for slope stabilization at Oshawa landfill

The Region of Durham has a bidding opportunity open until June 30, 2015 on lands beside the Oshawa landfill at 1640 Ritson Road North. This open landfill is a licensed waste disposal sites for the disposal, recycling, composting, and reuse of residential household waste. Further information on this site and Durham Region's other waste management facilities can be found at: http://www.durham.ca/works.asp?nr=/departments/works/waste/wastedisposalsites.htm

"T-623-2015
Oshawa Landfill Site Slope Stability Program located at 1640 Ritson Road North in Oshawa

The Region of Durham is seeking qualified Contractors to provide slope stabilization within the area of Seep B, adjacent to the Oshawa Landfill Site. The proposed work program is being carried out the improve the slope stability of the lands adjacent to the stream bank. It will involve the diversion of the adjacent stream, to permit a gradual transition from the slope to the stream bank, and re-grading the existing slope.

Construction is expected to begin in August 2015, and should be completed within six (6) weeks."

Further information on the  can be found in the Invitation to Tender posting, https://www.durham.ca/biddingopportunities/SearchReadOnly.aspx or https://www.durham.ca/biddingopportunities/Attachment.aspx?id=47583&doc=Z&docType=pdf.

May 11, 2014

Development Services Committee meeting - May 5

The results of surface water quality testing at the landfill was raised at the May 5 Development Services Committee meeting. A report was received indicating that monitoring results are consistent with all monitoring data collected since 2008 and that there is no indication that there is any impact on the groundwater from the l.D.O.L. landfill. From the report it sounds like the water quality testing was conducted in Harmony Creek; I would have found it helpful if these results included a map of where the water was sampled.

From the meeting minutes (http://www.oshawa.ca/agendas/Development_Services/2014/05-05/2014-05-05-DSC-Minutes-08.pdf):

Results of Surface Water Quality Testing, Industrial Disposal Oshawa Landfill (l.D.0.L.) Rossland Road East and Grandview Street North Area


Recommendation   (CARRIED – See Page 4)


That the Development Services Committee recommend to City Council:
That Report DS-14-88 dated April 30, 2014 be received for information and staff continue to provide the Development Services Committee and Council with Ministry of the Environment correspondence and findings regarding the Industrial Disposal Oshawa Landfill site in the Grandview Street North and Rossland  Road East area.  

Highlights from the public report, dated April 30, 2014:  
1.0 PURPOSE
The purpose of this report is to overview the results of 2013 Ministry of the Environment (M.O.E.) testing in Harmony Creek adjacent to the Industrial Disposal Oshawa Landfill (l.D.O.L.) site located in the Rossland Road East/Grandview Street North area.

The report is provided pursuant to previous requests by the Development Services Committee and Council to be kept aware of information received from M.O.E. in respect to the l.D.O.L. site.

Attachment 1 is an air photo showing the l.D.O.L. site and the surrounding area. 

A copy of the actual lab results from the M.O.E.'s testing are available in the Planning Services Branch in City Hall (Contact: Suzanne Elston).

5.0 ANALYSIS
- The l.D.O.L. site is a privately-owned closed landfill located east of the Grandview Street North/Rossland Road East intersection (see Attachment 1). 
- The Development Services Committee and Council have received a number of reports in this term of  Council in respect to the condition of the l.D.O.L. site and have requested to be kept informed of the results
on any M.O.E. testing or correspondence. 
- In this regard, on March 14, 2014 staff received the results of surface water sampling that M.O.E. conducted in (November 2013) in Harmony Creek adjacent to the l.D.O.L site. 
- M.O.E. advises, based on the results of its November 2013 testing, that:
     - The results are consistent with all monitoring data collected since 2008
     - There is no indication that there is any impact on the groundwater from the l.D.O.L. landfill
     - V.O.C. (Volatile Organic Compound) results are classified as
     - Levels of heavy metals (chloride, mercury, arsenic, et al) are classified as <=W (i.e. "No measurable response")
     - Levels of Poly Aromatic Hydrocarbon levels are classified as <=W (i.e. "No measurable response.") 
- M.O.E. has advised that it will provide the City with updates and reports on the l.D.O.L. site as they become available. 

The report is available: http://www.oshawa.ca/agendas/development_services/2014/05-05/DS-14-88-IDOL-Update.pdf


These monitoring results were mentioned in Oshawa Express' City in Brief on May 28:

All’s well at former landfill

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment says there is no “impact on the groundwater” at the former Industrial Disposal Oshawa Landfill (IDOL) site.

The levels of volatile organic compounds, heavy metals and poly aromatic hydrocarbon levels were found to be negligible by testing done by the ministry in November 2013.

Oshawa’s Development Services Committee received the update at its May 5 meeting.

The former landfill is located east of Grandview Street North and south of Corbett’s Road. A dog park lies to the northeast.

The site was a commercial sand and gravel pit before it was turned into a landfill in 1957. It was formally closed in 1985.

Article is available: http://69-27-97-91.blacksun.ca/viewposting.php?view=6479 

November 6, 2013

Article in Oshawa This Week - Sept 27/12

This landfill mining initiative does not relate to the IDOL landfill (it only applies to the sites under the Region of Durham jurisdiction), but is interesting news as it involves taking steps to repurpose landfills for recreational use in the Region.

Durham to start landfill mining by 2014
Goal is to convert garbage dumps into recreation spots

By Jillian Follert
September 27, 2012
Oshawa This Week
http://www.durhamregion.com/news-story/3508071-durham-to-start-landfill-mining-by-2014/



DURHAM -- Years from now, Durham's landfills could be playgrounds and soccer fields.

That's the vision Region of Durham staff is working towards as it advances plans to start "landfill mining." The concept sees material excavated from landfills and sorted into soil, recyclables, combustible materials and residual waste. Soil can then be remediated and the site refilled.

The plan comes at a time when many incineration opponents are questioning whether there will be enough garbage to feed the new Clarington energy-from-waste facility -- especially as Durham moves towards a target of 70-per cent waste diversion.

Mirka Januszkiewicz, the Region's director of waste management, says landfill mining will "close the loop" by turning landfills into usable community space and sending excavated waste to the incinerator.

In many communities, mining is done to create more space in jam-packed landfill sites, but Durham is pursuing the idea to repurpose the sites.

"The hope is that we can turn the landfills into recreation properties," Ms. Januszkiewicz says. "We are not doing this to create more space in the landfill, we are doing this to clean it up."

When the Region of Durham was established in 1974, seven municipal landfills came under its jurisdiction.
The plan is to start mining with the smallest one -- Cartwright landfill, located in Blackstock.

Regional council approved the idea in principle last year. 

The procurement process for a contractor is expected to start by fall 2013 with mining slated to begin by late 2014 or early 2015.

If the Cartwright site is a success, staff plans to continue with the Scott landfill in Uxbridge.

The Region is currently spending about $150,000 a year to maintain the seven landfills under its care, including water sampling and seepage repairs.

The cost of mining the Cartwright landfill is estimated at $390,000. 

Staff said the Region's larger landfills would likely be more expensive, but could also produce more recyclable metal which offsets the price tag.

November 4, 2013

Article in The Oshawa Express - Oct 8

All quiet at former landfill


By Geoff Zochodne/The Oshawa Express
October 8, 2013

Located in the northeastern part of Oshawa, sitting beside a City dog park, lays the site of a former industrial landfill.

A recent report to the City’s Development Services Committee provided an update on the ex-dump. In short, not much is going on at the old garbage pile, including any development or environmental damage.

A letter from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE) triggered the report, more than two years after the City wrote the province for input.

The City brought in Golder Associates to test the landfill site in 2011 for risks to public health and safety. Their report found that “there is no evidence that the former IDOL Site is currently causing an ‘adverse effect’” under the Ontario Environmental Protection Act.

Golder recommended “additional monitoring, assessment, surveying and other work should be done at the site notwithstanding its opinion that no material adverse impacts are occurring at this time.” The cost to the City for the report was $1,500.

After City council received Golder’s findings, the City made a formal request to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment for comments on the report and its recommendations.

That was in June 2011. The MOE responded midway through September of this year.

Phil Dunn, senior environmental officer for the York Durham District of the Ministry wrote a letter to the City apologizing for the delay and stating he was “in general agreement with the conclusions and recommendations.”

Dunn wrote, “The Ministry may consider an amendment to the Provisional Certificate of Approval that includes the monitoring and maintenance programs developed for the site.” He also advised the City he would be inspecting the landfill site and collecting surface water samples from Harmony Creek in “late September/early October.”

The Development Services Committee couldn’t help but notice the MOE’s slow response time.

“We’ve been monitoring this site for a number of years,” says Councillor Doug Sanders.  “I think the ministry needs to step up to the plate and monitor a little more.”

The MOE tested the site in 2011 and there were “no concerns,” says Development Services Commissioner Tom Hodgins. “The samples were reasonably positive. In the surface water we’ve never really had a significant reading to date.”

The Industrial Disposal Oshawa Landfill (IDOL) is located near the end of Rossland Road East near Grandview Street North, just south of the Harmony Valley Dog Park.

Golder’s report states the spot began its life as a commercial sand and gravel extraction pit. In 1957 it was converted into a landfill.

“Approximately 1,000,000 tonnes of industrial waste was landfilled in the Site between 1957 and 1980,” notes the report. It formally closed in 1985, and the MOE responded by issuing a certificate of approval to govern its future operations.

“It is again not fully clear as to what corporate entities may have contributed waste to the IDOL Site, although it is understood that General Motors of Canada utilized the Site for disposal of various waste materials generated in its Oshawa operations,” says Golder.

The site was sold in 1999, and again in 2003. Golder said there have been several other reports done on the landfill in the past, and in reviewing them they discovered some of the “landfill leachate” has begun to bleed through the southern slope of the site “in varying degrees” dating back to 1977 and beyond.

The landfill has recently been sold once more, says Hodgins. What the owners intend to do with the property is unknown.

“Right now we don’t have any actual development applications on the property,” he says.

The report on the landfill was received for information, with a reminder staff will continue to keep the Development Services Committee and council apprised of the situation and MOE correspondence.