The seventh-largest aggregate producing area in Ontario has banned any new operations or expansions for a year in the most heavily pitted area of the township.

Zorra Township, in Oxford County, made the move to allow for a comprehensive look at planning policies to see if they can slow the proliferation of pits and quarries.

Zorra is upset that it has no control over the licensing of the operations because those are handled by the province.

Council was told that the impact of one tandem trailer fully loaded with aggregate is the equivalent of 65,000 cars driving on the road.