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Millcroft development proposal to go directly to Ontario Land Tribunal

Millcroft development proposal to go directly to Ontario Land Tribunal

Millcroft Greens Corporation has appealed the City’s lack of a decision within the statutory timeframes to the Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT). The company has presented plans for 90 single detached houses on the golf course as well as a six-storey apartment building.

The Millcroft neighbourhood is unique in that it is a master planned community that was conceived and largely built by Monarch Construction over a period of roughly 20 years.  The golf course and its clubhouse were specifically laid out to have homes and townhomes interwoven throughout the 18 holes. 

The company made some revisions to its original 2020 proposal, reducing the number of houses by about ten percent and making improvements to the green buffer zones between housing and the golf course.

The city noted that the delay in rendering a planning decision was also due to the number of parties who have a day in the project including, the Region of Halton and Conservation Halton.

 Public comments raised a number of concerns including:

•             loss of greenspace and trees,

•             change to neighborhood character and identity,

•             impacts on wildlife habitat,

•             air quality and public health,

•             impacts on property values,

•             impacts on stormwater management and flooding in neighbourhood as well as neighbourhoods downstream of Appleby Creek

  • noise,

•             dust impact during construction,

•             traffic and traffic safety impacts during and after construction

The practice of developers’ appealing directly to the Ontario Land Tribunal has increased since the Ford Government was elected. The government has vowed to cut through red tape delaying housing construction, however the changes in provincial planning policy are also seen as taking planning responsibility away from local governments.

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