Proposed Grainboys mill loses bid to build on moraine
January 13, 2020
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There will be no Grainboys mill built in Goodwood, Ont.
The Goodwood Conservation Association (GCA) today announced that it has won its appeal against the Township of Uxbridge’s Zoning By-law 2019-054 which would have paved the way for Grainboys Holdings Inc. to build a 40,000 sq ft, six-story, high-hazard industrial milling operation on prime agricultural land.
“We are very pleased with this outcome, and how so many have rallied together in support of our cause of maintaining healthy, safe and livable communities,” said GCA president Conrad Richter. “This victory serves as an example for other hamlets and townships also committed to conservation and responsible municipal planning.”
Goodwood council had unanimously approved an application from Grainboys to build on the protected Oak Ridges Moraine in the Hamlet of Goodwood, Ont. However, that was opposed by 93 per cent of Goodwood residents because of what they saw as “serious environmental, conservation and public safety concerns.”
On January 7, the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) of Ontario agreed with residents, ruling that the GCA appeal is allowed, a ruling that came after the application was withdrawn.
The GCA had compiled over 1,000 pages in preparation for its appeal submission, including affidavits from planning experts challenging the Township’s zoning approval on 24 separate errors and omissions by both Durham Region and Township officials.