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#1 Why does it smell so bad in Oak Ridges and when will it be fixed?

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If you have spent any time around Yonge St. and King, North Lake Rd. and beyond, you’ve noticed the stench. Some days are much worse than others. Here’s the scoop on the poop odour, thanks to my friend Marian Nalley at Council Accountability Group.

  • In 2015, after a study, York Region’s Environmental Services Department determined that an Air Management Facility was needed to control the odours.

  • In 2016, an Environmental Assessment Study was initiated to find the best location.

  • In 2017, a York Region staff report recommended expropriation of the land at 57 King Rd. for the Air Management Facility.

  • In 2019, York Region Council authorized compensation offers to the private landowners of 57 King Rd.

  • In 2020, a site plan for the facility was presented to Richmond Hill Council for comment. No comments were made.

  • In 2021, a construction contract for the Air Management Facility was tendered but not approved after an appeal to the Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT).

  • No construction can take place until the OLT decision. A hearing was scheduled for spring 2022.

  • Once the land has been secured, the city of Richmond Hill can issue a building permit.

  • The Oak Ridges Air Management Facility building project is expected to cost $16.4 million.

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