TORONTO, April 26 /CNW/ - In regard to the development at Big Bay Point
proposed by the Geranium Corporation, the President of the Innisfil District
Association made the following statement.
Based upon the recent press releases of the developer, in reference to
the Memorandum of Settlement offered by the Province of Ontario, one might
conclude that almost everyone and every group is supportive of the proposal
for this project. I would choose to strongly disagree.
Three Parties did not sign this agreement. I speak for one of these
Parties, The Innisfil District Association, a group of about 300 Innisfil
families. We commend the strong stand on the many environmental issues taken
by the Province and their insistence that all of these issues be resolved
before any construction can begin. Also, the new proposal insists that over
one third of the project area be environmentally protected. In the developer's
earlier proposal that forest, including trees over 100 years old, would
largely have been lost!
The IDA could not support this Memorandum of Settlement because we object
to the size of the proposed development, 2000 condominium units and 1000 boat
slips. We had no say in these issues. They were established in meetings
between the developer and the Town and the County of Simcoe. We suspected
these private meetings were being held but, in spite of our requests, we were
not invited to join them until later, after these issues had been established.
Further, the press release on April 4 read "the staff of the Lake Simcoe
Region Conservative Authority, (LSRCA) are on record as being in support of
the project". Yet, as: recently as April 12, 2007, the following statements
were made to me and others by the executive of the Conservation Authority:
- "The LSRCA completed their review of Big Bay Point and provided
comments in 2004"
- "The Authority was neither as party to the settlement between the
Province and the other Parties, nor has the Authority seen this
agreement and therefore cannot comment."
- "This further supports the need for a watershed based plan. Currently
there is no holistic growth management framework of the Lake Simcoe
Basin and the LSRCA continues to advocate for this."
The Innisfil District Association agrees with this position of the LSRCA,
and stresses the need for growth framework for the Lake Simcoe Watershed. For
without this framework or policy, how can the Conservation Authority properly
advise on any new large projects around Lake Simcoe and in particular those
proposed for non-settlement areas.
For further information:
For further information: Don Avery, President, The Innisfil District
Association, (705) 436-3877