On March 25, 2011, the Provincial Government directed the Office of the Provincial Development Facilitator (“PDF”) to work with local municipalities in the Simcoe area in considering a broad wide range of municipal concerns and planning issues as part of the ongoing implementation of Proposed Amendment 1 to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (“Proposed Amendment”). A summary of the Proposed Amendment released on October 28, 2010 is contained in our Municipal, Planning and Environmental Group e-LERT of November 2010.

Following the release of the Proposed Amendment, the Provincial Government embarked on further consultation which concluded on January 31, 2011. The County of Simcoe and local municipalities requested the assistance of the PDF over a year ago to assist in breaking the logjam regarding approval of outstanding official plan appeals and to build consensus in informing the Proposed Amendment.

The terms of reference for the PDF will focus on:

  • Reviewing the allocation of the population and employment forecasts for the lower-tier municipalities in the County of Simcoe set out in Schedule 3 of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe,
  • Identifying how to manage the oversupply of land and implement the policies of the Proposed Amendment, and
  • Developing alternative intensification and density targets for the designated Greenfield areas in Simcoe County to ensure the creation of more compact, mixed-use communities.

The PDF is to report back by November 1, 2011 with recommendations to the Minister of Infrastructure.