Kortright Hills Community Association Inc.

June 06, 2006 14:27 ET

Innovative Solutions Achieved in Guelph Ontario Municipal Board Resolution

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - June 6, 2006) - The Kortright Hills Community Association of Guelph, Ontario is pleased to announce that a settlement has been reached between the appellants Kortright Hills Community Association Inc., Laura & Dennis Murr and Douglas Johnson - and the Corporation of the City of Guelph, Phelan Farm Trust, First Gulf Holdings Inc., Stradiotto Brothers Holdings Ltd., Belmont Equity (HCBP) Holdings Ltd., and Stanford Robert Snyder as a result of an Ontario Municipal Board mediation process headed by Mr. S. Wilson Lee, Vice Chair OMB. The settlement was approved by the Board today. Development of the proposed 670 acre Hanlon Creek Business Park, a major source of new employment lands for the City, clearing the last significant hurdle required for the park to proceed.

This settlement was the result of hard work by all parties involved, avoiding the need for a long and costly hearing. Included in the agreement are conditions limiting certain industrial uses on parts of these lands that will help to protect the Downey Well, a major source of Guelph's drinking water, from potential contamination. The conditions are modeled on recommendations made by the Province's Technical Experts Committee on source water protection, formed following the Walkerton water tragedy. Given that the recommendations have not been passed into law, the fact that many of them have been implemented in this agreement makes it clear that the City of Guelph and its residents are taking a true leadership role in drinking water protection.

The terms also include enhanced stream and storm water modeling and monitoring in order to protect the water balance that maintains the sensitive natural heritage features on site. Some of these features include cold water fisheries and the old growth trees in the central wetland complex. First Gulf and Phelan Farm Trust have also agreed to save the ancient Hop Hornbeam (Ironwood) in the Heritage Maple Grove. The City has agreed to protect the heritage landscape on the Crawley Farm House site.

Members of Kortright Hills and the Puslinch Residents Association will be working collaboratively with the City of Guelph as part of a Public Liaison Committee (PLC) that will monitor and comment on the conditions of Draft Plan of Subdivision for the business park lands. The creation of a PLC related to a business park is a first for Ontario. While each new project will have to be assessed on its own merits, the ability to create a PLC is a unique and innovative new planning tool that can now be considered in other communities where business park developments are proposed.

KHCA would like to thank its lawyer Eric Gillespie of Cunningham & Gillespie LLP and its team of expert consultants - Dr. Hugh Whiteley of the University of Guelph; Dr. Emil Frind of the University of Waterloo; Michael Frind; Archie McLarty of Craigneish Environmental Services; Franco DiGiovanni; Bruce Kershner; and Stephen Rowe.

Contact Information

  • Cunningham & Gillespie LLP
    Eric Gillespie
    office (416) 703-6362; cell (905) 932-7258