MZO denied in Richmond Hill

Over the past number of months Richmond Hill Council has passed a number of motions that have generally requested additional permissions to open up protected lands on the Oak Ridges Moraine to various types of urban development.
In particular a motion to request a Minister’s Zoning Order (MZO) was passed by Council in May of 2020. I voted against this motion and remain opposed to any action that would open up Oak Ridges Moraine protected lands like this.
Richmond Hill Council was recently made aware that the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing refused this MZO request and in that letter reiterated that the Provincial government was unwilling to consider the opening of protected Moraine lands at this time through an MZO.
I believe this is good news for our municipality. The story was well captured in an article published recently in the Liberal newspaper. In that article I am quoted as saying that “West said these directions passed by council to open up protected Oak Ridges Moraine lands for development represented “bad planning, bad public policy, bad environmental policy, bad fiscal policy, and a bad use of our planning staff’s time.”
The link to the full article can be found here