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Nelson Quarry Plans to Expand Operations


Nelson Quarry in Burlington has announced proposed plans to expand their operations to adjacent properties they own. On a new website, Nelson briefly mentions their plans, and talks about their desire to turn the quarry over to the public once quarrying operations cease.

“Over the next 25 years, we intend to expand the quarry operations into adjacent properties that we already own. During that same time, we propose to donate the land we are no longer using to the public. “

Their newly launched website can be found here:

The quarry is required to alert nearby neighbours of the plans, as they are conducting water testing beginning this week.

Expansion would require city approval. The first step is a preconsultation, and the city requires a public meeting as part of that process. Next, the quarry would need to submit applications, which are expected later this year.

We will share more details as they become available.


The city and residents have fought long and hard to limit the negative impact of a quarry expansion on our rural community. We will not enter any discussions on an “after-use” concept for the quarry until after it is decommissioned. We will certainly not compromise good planning for the promise of a park. Quarries are typically gifted to a public agency after use as there would be ongoing costs to the owner without revenue coming in.

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7 thoughts on “Nelson Quarry Plans to Expand Operations”

  1. This quarry is about 25 years away from being depleted, at which point, it be decommissioned. Why wait?

    The last 15 years will have the greatest impact on the adjacent residential neighbourhood. All stakeholders should help relocate this quarry to a better, more remote location that increases reserves now.

  2. Natalie Munson

    This is ridiculous.
    A public meeting is needed in the Kilbride area to address everyone’s frustration, disappointment and anger over this proposed expansion.
    A lot of very unhappy people living north of Burlington want their say in this matter!

    1. Hi Natalie,
      This is John Bkila, the Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialst. Ward 3 Councillor Rory Nisan is planning a public meeting this Thursday (Aug. 8) at Conservation Halton’s Grindstone Room at 7:30 p.m. The address for Conservation Halton is 2596 Britannia Rd. W. Thank you for commenting on the Mayor’s website.

  3. “…could have dozens of uses, from rock climbing to beaches.” Sentence like that, plus pics of a seashore and BC lake on their website designated to Mt.Nemo, say clearly that it is very cheap sales’ trick. On top of what Marianne just said I am adding my: BIG NO WAY!!

  4. The Quarry is a valid and necessary business and should be allowed to expand as necessary.
    The government should not meddle with well founded business decisions.

  5. “The city and residents have fought long and hard to limit the negative impact of a quarry expansion on our rural community.” Maybe the city should have fought long and hard to set these quarries aside or what they are…job creation and resources that communities need to develop new roads and infrastructure. Quarries are necessary. Maybe city planners should have done a better job in not permitting housing development in the areas nearby quarries. Quarries in rural areas….what a novel idea. What is the problem with that anyway?

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Marianne Meed Ward

Marianne Meed Ward

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