Woodington Lake Golf Club withdraws MZO request for Tottenham

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The owners of Woodington Lake Golf Club have withdrawn a request for consideration of a Minister's Zoning Order (MZO) for a proposed development on the north west side of Tottenham.

The town made the announcement on May 26.

A statement issued on the Town website stated: “The Town has been advised that the Request for Consideration - Minister's Zoning Order (MZO) submitted by Woodington Lake Management, has been withdrawn in its entirety at this time. Therefore, this item will be removed from the upcoming Committee of the Whole agenda for May 31, 2021.”

The proposal was brought to council in March, and at the time, council granted a deferral to allow for more public consultation on the controversial development.

Woodington Lake hosted an on-line round-table discussion on the development on May 6, and invited the public to ask questions

During that discussion, Woodington Lake spokesperson, Jeff Lang-Weir, said they were there to hear opinions from local residents.

“I know that there are a lot of people here that may be new to hearing about this proposal, or who may have strong opinions already,” Mr. Lang-Wier said at the time. “This is not a session in which we are here to convince you all of anything. We're at a point where there isn't currently a proposal on the table. We're going to listen to your interests and record what you have to say. When there is a proposal ready it will be publicly available and folks will be able to see it – they will be able to react to the proposal.”

The proposed development is a mix of residential and manufacturing. However, at least one large company that was considering starting a manufacturing operation has pulled out and will be building elsewhere.

The number of residential units in the plan had also been reduced.

It is not known if Woodington Lake plans to submit a new plan at a later date.

Brian Lockhart, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, New Tecumseth Times

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