Province imposes freeze on Oak Ridges Moraine lands in Richmond Hill

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Province imposes freeze on Oak Ridges Moraine lands in Richmond Hill

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

TORONTO, Nov. 5 - The Ontario government has imposed a temporary freeze on construction of homes on Oak Ridges Moraine lands in Richmond Hill while it continues discussions with landowners, Municipal Affairs Minister John Gerretsen announced today. By signing a Minister's Zoning Order (MZO) under section 47 of the Planning Act, the government has imposed a moratorium on new building permits for planned development on the Oak Ridges Moraine until November 20, 2003. "The Minister's Zoning Order is the best tool we've got to give us the time we need, to continue our discussions on how to better protect the Oak Ridges Moraine," said Gerretsen. Under the deal struck by the previous Tory government, homebuilders have moved forward with development. The majority of the Richmond Hill lands proposed for development and covered by the zoning order are now at various stages of development, with most of the lands cleared and prepared for services and utilities. "We appreciate the actions of a number of developers who temporarily halted their activities on these lands," said Gerretsen. "While the order is in effect, we expect that discussions with these developers will continue as we work toward a solution that is fair for all and in the best interests of the people of Ontario." Disponible en fran├žais www.mah.gov.on.caFor further information: Contact: David Ross, Minister's Office, (416) 585-6333