Please note: the following media release is a joint release between the County of Simcoe and the Township of Springwater
October 24, 2016 – Following the most recent public statements by the County of
Simcoe and the Township of Springwater concerning Midhurst development, further
discussions and clarifications have worked to resolve this matter to the
benefit of residents and our communities.
September, County of Simcoe Council had reached an agreement with
representatives from the Midhurst developer group for a resolution of the
20,000 Population Allocation program designated under the Growth Plan for the
Greater Golden Horseshoe. When Midhurst developers had requested more than
6,000 additional population for the Midhurst settlement area, the County worked
with developers for a settlement that provided for population allocation of
only half that number, together with a series of development conditions.
the October 17th, 2016 Township of Springwater Council meeting, a
review of points of clarification concerning the County’s settlement with the
Midhurst Developers Group occurred.
Council concluded that these points of clarification on the conditions included
by the County on the County and developer agreement dealt with their concerns
regarding the pace and form of Midhurst development both now and for future
- Embedding strict phasing criteria
- Ensuring comprehensive subdivision approval conditions
- Ensuring appropriate density provisions
- Confirmation of a protocol for consultation on any future development
proposals for the Midhurst area
principles ensure the County of Simcoe and Township of Springwater will
continue to work co-operatively with respect to the implementation of the
Township approved and County modified and approved Official Plan Amendment
38 (Midhurst Secondary Plan) in Springwater Township.
the County’s and the Township’s perspectives, this agreement now eliminates the
need for Ontario Municipal Board hearings and protects many of the existing
processes and policies, preserving the County’s right to allocate under the
20,000 Population Allocation Program and the Township's desire to preserve
important controls on Midhurst development.
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