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Special Council Meeting re: MZO to convert employment lands

Richmond Hill Special Council Meeting Friday October 29th at 1pm

Councillor Muench brought forward an "emergency and time sensitive" motion at the October 27th Council Meeting titled an Economic Development Opportunity. It was deferred to this meeting to allow a more fulsome discussion by council members and an opportunity for the public to weigh in.

The motion requests:

  • That Council endorse a Minister’s Zoning Order (MZO) to amend the Provincially Significant Employment Area designation to remove the Baif Lands to permit residential and community uses

Councillor Muench had not shared this extensive motion with all Council members, the Ward Councillor Castro Liu, City staff or the public prior to the October 27th Council Meeting but is pressuring Council members for support of this MZO by the end of this week.

Councillors DiPaola, Perrelli, Chan, Beros and Muench were already prepared to approve this MZO at the October 27th Council meeting.

The Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing issued a Minister's Zoning Order on December 2, 2020 to permit the Treasure Hill Development (shown above)

Like Treasure Hill, Baif Developments is also using the need for "new seniors housing, long-term care facilities and associated medical and wellness services" as a hook to get the MZO.

See below if you want to make or submit any comments regarding the agenda items.

Public Comments: The public may submit written correspondence regarding agenda matters by email to Written correspondence must be submitted by 4:30p.m. Thursday October 28th.

Electronic Delegations: The public may apply to appear as an electronic delegation by video conference or by telephone. Applications to appear as an electronic delegation must be submitted by 4:30p.m. Thursday October 28th.

by email to or by using the on-line form. The Office of the Clerk will provide instructions on appearing as an electronic delegation.


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