The County, in the development of its official plan, has identified sand and gravel as important resources, which is demonstrated by the large number of gravel pits currently operating here. Since these resources are non-renewable, proper conservation and management is essential.
Sand and gravel are the most common type of aggregate or non-renewable resources available in Huron County. Aggregates are used in the construction of buildings, roads, highways and bridges as well as in the production of glass, paint, plastics, paper, fertilizers, steel and pharmaceuticals.
In 2004, Huron County initiated a process to develop a strategy for aggregate extraction; balancing both protection of aggregate resources and other land-use features in the County. This strategy helps meet environmental, economic and social objectives.
Public information meetings were held in 2005 to provide opportunities for public awareness and input. During these public meetings, it was made widely known that the County of Huron was conducting this study in order to:
- plan now to ensure aggregate will be available to meet future demand;
- protect mineral aggregate resources for long-term use;
- determine which aggregate resources should be protected, while minimizing social conflict and environmental harm; and
- recommend detailed policies and management directions that could be incorporated into local official plans.
Below are a series of maps that show the location of the aggregate deposits in Huron County. Reading the Executive Summary in conjunction with viewing the map will assist in understanding the categories used in the mapping.
County Aggregate Maps
For additional information about the Aggregate Strategy please contact the Huron County Planning and Development Department.