TIMMINS – The creation of a new gold mine in the heart of Timmins is something other city planners in Canada are curious about and it’s something that Timmins planning manager Cindy Welsh is pleased to explain and endorse. Welsh believes that with good planning and good policies, almost anything it possible.
That’s what Welsh was explaining Thursday at the annual conference of the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM) conference at the McIntyre building in Timmins, where more than 200 mayors and councillors from across the North have gathered.
Welsh was one of the workshop speakers who raised a few eyebrows when she outlined the planning process involved in the creation of the new open pit gold mine in the heart of the city.
In the murmurs throughout the McIntyre ballroom, it was evident that many of the Northern leaders did not knew that a new mining venture was underway just up the street behind that big berm. ”It’s a pretty exciting project we have here in the City of Timmins,” Welsh told the audience.
She said the Hollinger mine, which went into production just over two years ago, is an example that competing land uses can indeed exist side by side, provided there is planning and preparation. “One of the main challenges for the project was the potential land use incompatibility,” Welsh told the municipal leaders. “The nearest residential sensitive land use is only 100 metres away from the project,” she explained.
In terms of planning for this particular project, Goldcorp was responsible to undertake approximately 30 supportive studies and to secure separate approval from the federal, provincial and municipal governments Welsh said.
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