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Developer owned golf course on Greenbelt rezoned for PC appointee

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Nov 7th, 2023
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Steve Clark, Ontario’s former minister of municipal affairs and housing, speaks to journalists at Queen’s Park on Nov. 16, 2022.Chris Young/The Canadian Press

From Barrie Today by Jack Hauen, November 1, 2023

Now-reversed changes were made at behest of Quinto Annibale, on behalf of Caledon golf course owned by several prominent developers

Doug Ford’s government removed protections from a golf course owned by prominent developers at the request of a longtime donor and appointee, internal emails reveal.

Mayfield Golf Club in Caledon sits inside one of the Greenbelt’s “fingers” — spindly zones of protected land that wind south along river corridors from the thick “belt” that surrounds the Greater Toronto Area.

Mayfield’s de Laat family sold the business to the Rice Group and other developers in May 2022, business records show. The current Mayfield directors are:

Michael Rice, CEO of Rice Group
Angelo De Gasperis
Julie De Gasperis
Sam Balsamo, who has been involved with various development and construction groups and has worked alongside the De Gasperises
Mario Giampietri of Geranium Homes
Rice was, briefly, a major beneficiary of the Greenbelt land swap and is a PC donor.

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