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Disappointed in County Council Approval of OPF/MMF Location

Springwater Disappointed in County Council Approval of OPF/MMF Location
Posted on 03/23/2016

Springwater Township / March 23, 2016 – Springwater Council is disappointed that Simcoe County Council proceeded with the approval of the co-located Organics Processing Facility (OPF) and Materials Management Facility (MMF) at 2976 Horseshoe Valley Road West, Springwater.

“A number of concerns have been raised with the location and the process, and there are many questions that have yet to be answered” says Mayor Bill French. “The proposed location is in a County Forest on agricultural land; there are issues with traffic, site lines and safety, as well as impacts to our local businesses.”

“The County has failed to complete a comprehensive business plan which threatens the success of this entire venture,” says Deputy Mayor Don Allen. “A project of this magnitude should not proceed without a thorough analysis of risk, cost projections, need, viability, and recommended procurement and financing options.”

“As this project moves forward, additional studies must be completed and a number of approvals from the Township must be considered. The property requires an Official Plan Amendment and a Zoning By-law Amendment, as currently the proposed operation would not be permitted in an Agricultural Zone,” says Mayor Bill French. “We encourage residents to get involved in the process and learn more about this project.”

The County of Simcoe will host two public information session on April 19, 2016 at the Simcoe County Museum (1151 Highway 26, Minesing) at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.