RE: Kingston Rejects Development on Wetland

I am an Ontario Nature donor and a recipient of ON Nature magazine. There is an article by Sarah Hasenack in the Winter 2022 issue that is exactly on point for my community in north-east Lindsay.

We are faced with a small community development in 17 hectares just north of our 35-ish homes that was originally approved for a marina and approximately 100 to 150 homes.

As I understand it, the developer’s new application is for 1,500 to 1,700 high-density homes to house 3,000-plus residents in the same 17 hectares. The project timeline of 7 to 10 years and development would occur on 17 hectares of waterfront property along the Scugog River.

As I understand it, the developer has requested a Minister’s Zoning Order (MZO) that would sidestep planning, building regulations, oversight and environmental protections. This application would represent an increase of almost 25 times the approved plan from 2013. Densities would expand enormously. The impact on marine life, aquatic species, and to the shorelines and wetlands could be extreme.

– Robert Bourke, Riverview Community, Lindsay