Casework: Land use planning - proposed waste facility in Simcoe Forest
CELA counsel is representing the Friends of Simcoe Forests in a Local Planning Appeal Tribunal appeal of a decision by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing to approve an Official Plan amendment allowing a waste processing facility in the middle of a significant woodland and the habitat of several species at risk. Local residents are raising concerns about safety, odour, and natural heritage impacts. FSF has submitted two affidavits from a professional planner and a team of natural heritage experts. In late April of 2020, FSF issued a media release noting serious concerns with the County of Simcoe request to avoid the LPAT hearing and seek a Minister’s Zoning Order (MZO) to proceed with the waste processing facility. In August, the Minister confirmed that MZOs will not be granted to projects going through the LPAT process, including this proposed waste facility.