Clearview Township pulls controversial plan to upgrade Sideroad 26/27
‘No longer practical, reasonable, or cost-effective’
Ian Adams, Wasaga Sun, Wednesday, March 22, 2023
Photo: Forest Road – Nicholas Gent cc.
Clearview Township has pulled its plans to redevelop Sideroad 26/27.
In a letter to the Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT), provided to Simcoe.com, the township’s lawyer Harold Elston advised that the township would be withdrawing its appeal of a Niagara Escarpment Commission (NEC) decision to deny the municipality’s application for a development permit to redevelop the road for year-round use.
The township will also withdraw the permit application, along with the application for an amendment to the Niagara Escarpment Plan (NEP) that would have removed the road from the NEP, ending a process that began in 2015.
“We trust that this letter will suffice to allow the NEC and the Hearing Office to close its files on these matters,” Elston wrote in a letter dated March 22.
Upgrading 26/27 to year-round was part of a settlement agreement between the township, the County of Simcoe, and Walker Aggregates, and endorsed as part of the 2012 Joint Board decision to grant Walker a permit to expand its quarry operations west of Duntroon.
As part of the agreement, the portion of County Road 91 between Grey Rd. 31 and Nottawasaga 10th Line would be transferred to Walker, and closed to traffic.
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