Development plan divides Simcoe County village
RACHEL MENDLESON / TORONTO STAR
In a rural village in Simcoe County, concerned residents have turned the municipal election into a referendum on growth, and to some extent, the province’s efforts to limit sprawl in the fertile farmland north of the protected Greenbelt.
However, according to environmental lawyer David Donnelly, who has been involved in a number of land-use battles in Simcoe County, the special rule is “one of the most extreme examples in Ontario of ministerial discretion being used (to) bypass planning laws designed to limit urban sprawl.”
“The Midhurst special rule is like hitting the jackpot in a lottery, when the government only sold one ticket,” he said.
Read the recent article in the Toronto Star found here