Lots of people have received lots of information about this filing from lots of different sources. From what this blogger has received the messaging is consistent, but it still might be confusing.
There are 3 applications that have been filed by Highlands.
An application for an aggregate license which goes through the Ministry of Natural Resources: MNR.
An application for an Official Plan Amendment (OPA) which goes through the Township.
And application for a Zoning Bylaw Amendment (ZBA) which goes through the Township.
Today will clear up the confusion about the meetings be held, including the MUST have's and added value.
As part of their aggregate application, Highlands must hold a public meeting. This is the meeting scheduled for April 12 at 7:00 pm at Hornings Mills Hall.
Make no mistake, while the "public" has to be invited, they do not have to hold it in a venue that will be large enough to accommodate everyone, nor do they have to provide any real information, nor do they have to give the public any opportunity to comment.
They just have to be able to show they held a meeting.
Under the OPA/ZBA Melancthon must hold public meetings. If you want to be a party to the OMB appeal you must attend the meeting and speak or provide written comments. The date of this/these prescribed public meetings have not been determined yet.
HOWEVER, as added value, Melancthon is proposing to hold an information session for the public in late March, early April. Again, this is not THE meeting to which you have to attend to be a party to the OMB, but you should make plans to attend.
I will keep you posted as to the particulars when the date has been determined.