Residents skip public meeting on new development

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Midhurst residents did not attend a public meeting to show their displeasure at a new development on Old Second South, Monday (Jan. 25).

Springwater council hosted a public meeting to discuss the engineering specifics of the proposed five lots, which will see single-dwelling homes developed by First Elm Holding Inc. They will be located minutes north of Midhurst, backing onto environmentally-protected land. There were no residents to query the requested zone change from A for agricultural to RIXX zoning for the small residential builds.

“No commentors care to make deputations,” Clerk Renee Ainsworth told councillors midway through the 40-minute meeting.

After spending almost 12 years fighting the township against more subdivisions near their small village 10 minutes north of Barrie, the Midhurst Ratepayers Association was not present and the virtual meeting was only attended by council and township staff.

Coun. Jack Hanna queried the placement of septic beds on the five proposed properties that would lie on the west end of 43 hectares adjacent to the Old Second South.

“Water courses are fairly well removed,” said Brian Goodreid of Goodreid Planning Group, which is responsible for the engineering report presented to council.

Hanna also questioned the regulations of a maximum of 15 persons per the five lots allotted to, but Brent Spagnol, director of planning services, allayed those concerns.

“There are no people police monitoring to ensure we only have three persons per home. There’s no limitations on the number of people per home,” Spagnol said, noting the single-dwelling detached homes meet the provincial settlement population allotment requirements.

Further input from the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority is expected.

The application was reviewed and returned to staff for further investigation.

Cheryl Browne, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Barrie Advance