Vacant lots limited to day uses: ruling

SIMCOE  - The Ontario Municipal Board has sided with those who want strict limits on human activity on Hastings Drive in Long Point.Intensified uses on Hastings was the subject of a five-day OMB hearing in Simcoe in early January.


In his ruling Monday, OMB chair Blair Taylor said vacant lots on Hastings should be treated like beach front or parkland. Uses beyond this, he said, are contrary to provincial policy and Norfolk’s official plan.


“The tribunal finds the subject lands are within an area where there are patent and imminent hazards,” Taylor writes in his decision. “The draft order does not sterilize the subject lands but it does severely limit their use in accordance with the risks to public health and safety that are posed.”


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