County of Simcoe and Township of Springwater Reach Agreement over Midhurst Development
Please note: the following media release is a joint release between the County of Simcoe and the Township of Springwater
Midhurst/ 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.
In 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.
At 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.
Springwater 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 development.
These principles include:
- 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
These 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.
From 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.
Additional information on the County of Simcoe 20,000 Population Allocation is available on the County of Simcoe website.