By Robin MacLennan
Ontario Construction News staff writer
The province is considering a plan to expand the Innisfil Heights Strategic Settlement Employment Area – a large employment area along Highway 400 in the Town of Innisfil.
The proposal has been placed on the Environmental Registry of Ontario for consideration.
On. Nov. 13 the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing posted proposed modifications to the Innisfil Heights strategic settlement employment area to the Environmental Registry of Ontario.
It identifies four specific employment areas in Simcoe County:
- Innisfil Heights Strategic Settlement Employment Area
- Bradford West Gwillimbury Strategic Settlement Employment Area
- Lake Simcoe Regional Airport Economic Employment District
- Rama Road Economic Employment District
The Environmental Registry of Ontario allows the public to comment on provincial decisions that affect the environment. Innisfil’s plan is open to review until Dec. 13.
The provincial A Place to Grow Act of 2015 identified four employment areas in Ontario – one of which is the Innisfil Heights strategic settlement employment area.
The Minister has established boundaries and permitted uses within the strategic settlement employment areas and the economic employment districts. A Place to Grow provides that the Minister may review and amend the planning details for these areas and that a municipality may request the Minister to consider a review.
The Innisfil Heights Strategic Settlement Employment Area is identified by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing for high quality jobs in the manufacturing and industrial sectors. According to the province, strategic settlement employment areas are to be planned and protected for employment uses that require large lots of land and depend upon efficient movement of goods and access to Highway 400. Lands are designated to support the creation of high-quality manufacturing and industrial sector jobs.
The province is now considering a request from Innisfil and the County of Simcoe to expand the existing employment area to the northeast and northwest from the 9th Line of Innisfil to the boundary of the City of Barrie and south to the 6th Line.
To view the proposed changes or to comment, visit https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/019-0720.