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 actiions taken by the County of Simcoe to seek to avoid the LPAT hearing and seek a Minister’s Zoning approval to proceed with the waste processing facility.