Or will they simply watch as Midhurst, Elmvale and the rest of the former Flos and Vespra township communities be destroyed?
Why?: The Ontario development industry likes the toothless Ontario Municipal Act too much. They want their interests (acting through a puppet majority) to deliver them the zoning for the land they want in south Simcoe County so they can have Springwater Township ask for a friendly annexation from Barrie.
And the raw land controllers (eg. the endangered forests Ministry of Natural Resources and County of Simcoe and the blind ambition of the City of Barrie and the Premier’s office) will profit by looking the other way (see some of the institutional land holdings in south Springwater Township). Delivering these forests and green spaces helps top up any serving politician’s RRSPs.
- See the colourful land areas below that we as citizens own but elected politicians control? When ownership is separated from control and those in control use self-interest and deceit, this defines the word “opportunism“. In a government setting, this is old-fashioned definition of the word “corruption”.
Springwater Park: This is how you establish $2-million estates on the park’s ponds and give the township, county, City of Barrie and province a big chunk of land for their administrative mausoleums. See Map 1 as to what our past, current and (likely) future politicians get from re-zoning the former tree seedling compartments south of Highway 26 inside the park to “Administration/Government” (blue areas)
(see the blue areas within the green and tan “Environmental Protection I and II” areas?)
(carving up Springwater Park since 2008)
(the grey rectangles just above the “A”: lots more building, lots less trees)
- Simcoe County politicians could finance the Springwater Park “losses” for almost 150 years, if they wanted to
No wonder it took some time to validate the clearly illegal Midhurst Secondary Plan: the county needed their vig. Corrupting the Midhurst ratepayers’ leadership would come some time later.
Cross-posted on iLoveMidhurst.ca.