Ontario Municipal Board Approves First Phase of York Region’s Official Plan Hearing in North Markham

York Regional Council has received the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) decision dismissing appeals to Phase I of its OMB hearing related to the Regional Official Plan (ROP 2010) in north Markham (ROPA 3).
The appeal challenged some of the Region’s urban expansion area in north Markham as unachievable and not in keeping with the provincial growth plan.

“We are pleased by the OMB decision which shows our official plan is in compliance with provincial legislation,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch. “The OMB decision validates our strategy of appropriate land area, building livable communities and preserving the greenbelt.”

The OMB in dismissing the appeal to Phase I stated the Region overwhelmingly complied with the density requirements of the provincial growth plan and met the objectives to build compact and complete communities and to optimize the use of its lands.

“York’s Regional Official Plan provides a comprehensive vision to accommodate future growth” said Town of Newmarket Regional Councilor John Taylor, Chair of the Region’s Planning and Economic Development Committee. “The OMB decision shows the Region and local municipalities have gone above and beyond to share this vision as broadly as possible.”

York Region’s official plan can be found at www.york.ca/regionalofficialpl

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