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Wednesday January 9: Springwater council to look at province ok of Freele Tract ERRC

In Council Watch
Jan 4th, 2019

A rendering of the proposed ERRC on Horseshoe Valley Road in Springwater Township. 

From Friends of Simcoe Forests 

In a 2016 report prepared by the County’s consultant (GHD) the expected timeline provided for the County Official Plan Amendment approval was October 2016. On January 2, 2019 notice was sent out that the Province has approved the County’s Official Plan Amendment for the development of the ERRC (Environmental Resource Recovery Centre) in the Freele Forest on Horseshoe Valley Road.

Simcoe County’s OP Amendment No. 2

The decision by the Province to support the OPA for this County driven project may not come as a surprise to some, possibly most of you. No doubt, we were all holding out hope that a good decision would be made which would demonstrate support for the protection of this ‘Significant Woodlot’.

Now is time to communicate with your Councillors. Newly formed Municipal councils and newly formed Simcoe County Council need to be informed and kept abreast on the multitude of unanswered and unresolved concerns expressed from countless constituents on the ERRC project.

An Official Plan Amendment and rezoning amendments are still required at the local Municipality level (Springwater). Springwater Council will be discussing this and next steps with respect to the ERRC at the next meeting on January 9th.
It’s time for friends, families and neighbours to come together and attend this very important meeting.

Get up, stand up. Stand up for your rights. Get up, stand up, don’t give up the fight. Bob Marley

Springwater Township Council Date and Time
January 9 2019 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Springwater Township Administration Centre
2231 Nursery Rd, Minesing, ON L0L 1Y2

Last year we promised a protest song. Well here it is, written and performed by a very talented member and supporter of FSF. ENJOY FRIENDS

AWARE Simcoe note: The ERCC is item 9.2 on the Springwater council agenda. This is the Jan. 2 2019 letter to County Clerk John Daly with the Nov. 30 2018 approval by Assistant Deputy Minister Marcia Wallace that includes a modification to Item 2.3, last paragraph of new policy 4.9.9: Removing the words “compensation in terms of” from the first sentence and replacing them with “ecological enhancement to the contiguous woodland through a combination of reforestation and”; and removing “afforestation” in the second sentence and replacing it with “ecological enhancement.”

Orillia Matters report


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