Note: Wastewater treatment plant is planned to be built on the NE corner of Snow Valley and Wilson Drive.
There is a combination of Springwater Provincial Park (protected, somewhat), provincial forest, Simcoe County forest, private and CPR lands that border Snow Valley Road, Wilson Drive, Highway 2 and Bayfield Street North. A total of perhaps 1,200 acres.
On Nov. 29, 2012 the Province of Ontario announced that it will not dispute some parts of the Midhurst Secondary Plan at the OMB hearings. This map shows the areas within the Midhurst Secondary Plan boundaries which the Province will not contest (shown in yellow) and those lands which will be contested (shown in white). Although the yellow areas look relatively small, the plan is to build housing for 10,500 to 12,000 people within those yellow spaces, i.e. the housing is relatively dense (35 – 40 people per hectare).
What does it mean?
- Midhurst will grow the size of Midland at 16,000 (rather than Orillia: nearly 30,000),
- “only” 4 – 5,000,000 litres per day of effluent will be discharged into Willow Creek (Minesing Wetlands) versus 10,600,000 litres, and
- “only” 741 acres of prime farmland will be lost (not 1,700 acres).
Courtesy of Midhurst Ratepayers’ Association, FriendsofMidhurst.ca