Woodington Lake MZO gets no-vote at Council

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The Woodington Lake MZO request was back before Town Council during the Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday, September 27.

Council accepted a motion to receive an MZO request from Woodington Lake Management Inc., but also voted to not support the MZO.

Lawyer Steven Ferri, representing Woodington Lake, addressed Council with details of the proposed development which plans for 30 years into the future.

The lands for the proposed development would be re-zoned from Agricultural A-1 zone to the Environmental Protection Zone and a site-specifi c Mid-Rise Residential MR-1 zone.

“These lands, in our view, represent a logical extension of the existing Tottenham settlement area,” Mr. Ferri said. “The intention is to develop a complete community that is integrated with the existing settlement area. The MZO in this area would permit a range of uses including affordable living units, seniors living, a 250 to 300 bed long term care facility, a premium hotel spa and conference facility, which will house the Canadian Golfer’s Hall of Fame, an opera house to support the arts and a culinary school.”

The development is planned to take place in four phases. Phase one would to be completed by 2031, with phases two and three completed by 2041.

The final phase, which includes lands north of the Sixth Line, would be completed by 2051.

The MZO, Mr. Ferri said, “would permit the development of a tourist destination with a village feel. It will bring approximately 250 to 1,000 additional full-time jobs in the recreation and hospitality industries at full buildout.”

In addition, Mr. Ferri said the increase in population and tourism would be a boost to the local economy and already established businesses, as well as adding around $225- to $275-million in development charges for the town.

Two local residents also spoke to Council in opposition to the development.

In particular, they are concerned about the water supply and quality for Tottenham and the lack of ability to provide water to this new development. T

Two Councillors spoke in favour of the development.

Councillor, Fran Sainsbury compared the development to the existing Nottawasaga Resort and surrounding community which was developed “around 50 years” ago, and continues to be a success.

Councillor Wayne Noye, who prevously stated opposition to the MZO, said he has changed his mind after reading a report, stating,

“These are the people you want to develop the town. These are the people that care about creating jobs within the municipality by building a hotel and industry.”

The motion that that Town does not support the Woodington Lake was carried with five Councillors voting for, and four voting against.

Brian Lockhart, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, New Tecumseth Times

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