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‘It is an outrageous request’: Resident anger leads to cancellation of Thunder Beach golf development

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Aug 19th, 2022
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An aerial view of the Thunder Highlands golf course. The property’s new owner, Frank Morneau, recently abandoned plans to develop the property due to public backlash. – Google photo

From Simcoe.com, August 19, 2022
By Andrew Mendler

A request for a minister’s zoning order to expedite a proposed Thunder Beach development was withdrawn just six days after it was officially requested.

“We have decided not to proceed with a request for a MZO and have further asked that the planning department close the file on the property,” said Connor Houston, a member of the family that proposed development, in an email to Simcoe.com on Aug. 16.

This decision ends a tumultuous week in Thunder Beach, which saw residents quickly spring to action, form an alliance and push back against the MZO request and proposed development.

On Aug. 10, Houston and his grandfather Frank Morneau approached Tiny Township council and requested an MZO so they could develop a 190-acre parcel of land off of West Shore Drive.

Their plan was to expand Thunder Highlands from the current five-hole golf course into a nine-hole championship course and to build a three-storey clubhouse. They also wanted to build 14 homes on the west side of West Shore Drive, a cul-de-sac at the end of the road, four homes on the waterfront and 23 homes on the west side of the redeveloped golf course.

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