HALTON HILLS, ON – The Mayor’s long-standing advocacy on the issue of advancing employment lands came to a successful conclusion with the announcement that the Province is withdrawing its appeal of an official plan amendment.
“I met with the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing in December 2018,” said Mayor Rick Bonnette who was joined by MPP Ted Arnott and the Town CAO Brent Marshall. “Our ask to the Province was to allow us to proceed with development of 75 hectares of employment land that we had worked to identify with Halton Region. These were replacement lands to make up for the previously approved employment lands we were told to freeze to make way for the GTA West Corridor."
The Town had been frustrated by the 2011 requirement to freeze lands for the GTA West Highway Study. The Mayor noted that these prime employment lands, ripe for huge financial investment, were sitting dormant.
To advance the proposed replacement lands, the Town spent approximately $650,000 on background studies and agency approvals. However, following approval by both Town and Halton Region, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (under the previous Provincial government) appealed the proposal to LPAT – the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal.
“I am delighted with the recent correspondence from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing withdrawing their appeal. I appreciate that our concerns were heard and that the Ministry recognized the value in opening up these employment lands to economic development,” said the Mayor.
About the Town of Halton Hills
The Town of Halton Hills, with a population of approximately 60,000, consists of two urban centres, Georgetown and Acton, the Halton Hills Premier Gateway employment area, three hamlets – Glen Williams, Stewarttown and Norval – and several smaller settlements. Halton Hills has long been recognized for its natural beauty, active agricultural community, high quality of life and proximity to major centres, including Brampton, Mississauga and Toronto. The Town is ranked as one of the top small communities in Canada by a national magazine. Visit haltonhills.ca
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