Simcoe County & Bradford West Gwillimbury welcome economic "lifeline to the future"

    BRADFORD WEST GWILLIMBURY, ON, May 13 /CNW/ - An agreement has been
reached among the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury, Town of Innisfil, County
of Simcoe, Province of Ontario and major landowners, parties to an upcoming
Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) hearing.
    The parties will be asking the OMB to approve an agreed official plan
amendment that will permit development of a 730 hectare strategic industrial
employment area at Highways 400 and 88. The OMB, which has scheduled a hearing
for this June, can accept, reject or modify the proposed amendment.
    "If approved by the OMB, this will be an economic lifeline to the
future," according to Bradford West Gwillimbury Mayor, Doug White. "It will
fill the need for employment lands in our town and strengthen our tax base,"
he adds.
    Simcoe County Warden, Tony Guergis, agrees: "If approved, this will be a
big win for the economic health of Simcoe County and for the province of
    "This is a carefully planned, transit-supportive employment development
that will enable Bradford West Gwillimbury to evolve as a complete community
and allow its citizens to work where they live," says White, who notes that
any development approvals or site alteration must comply with the Lake Simcoe
Protection Act and the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan.
    Both the County of Simcoe and the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury have
identified the need for a strategic industrial employment area at the
intersection of highways 400 and 88. White notes that the town council
unanimously supported employment uses for this area in November, 2006, after
two years of public consultations and technical analyses.
    "We are very grateful for the support of the province, the property
owners and the County in arriving at this very positive and workable
agreement, concludes White.

For further information:

For further information: For the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury: Jay
Currier, (905) 775-5366 ext. 1201; For the County of Simcoe: Rick Newlove,
(905) 726-9300 ext. 1191

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