Caledon Council stands up for Town’s ability to plan its future
Caledon Town Council today adopted a motion reaffirming its commitment to ensure that land use planning in Caledon remains under the control of the Town. It authorized staff to participate under protest in an ongoing provincial facilitation process regarding Regional Official Plan Amendment (ROPA) 28.
“Caledon Council remains committed to the principle that planning in Caledon should be done by Caledon,” explained Mayor Allan Thompson. “That’s how it’s always been, that’s how the Peel Region Official Plan says it should be, and that’s how it works best.”
“Our Council has considered this at length and remains committed to standing up for the best interests of and the future of the Town of Caledon,” said Thompson.
On June 25, 2015, Peel Regional Council voted to enter into provincial facilitation with a private developer on the matter of ROPA 28 despite Caledon’s objections and the fact that Caledon followed all appropriate planning processes. This is an intervention in local planning; this interference has never occurred in Peel. The Town has applied to the Superior Court of Justice to quash the Regional resolution on the basis that it is illegal. Last week, Peel Regional Council voted to repeal its decision, however the vote failed to achieve the required two-thirds majority, so the original illegal decision stands.
In the meantime, the provincial facilitation remains ongoing without any party representing the interests of the people of Caledon. Today’s Council decision addresses this situation by authorizing staff to attend the facilitation, under protest, to represent the Town’s interests.
“I’m not at all happy about this situation,” said Caledon Regional Councillor Jennifer Innis, representative for Wards 3 and 4 which includes the ROPA 28 lands. “Planning should be open and transparent. The facilitation is inappropriate; it shouldn’t be happening at all. Until then, we have to ensure our residents are represented at the table.”
“The fact is decisions are being made that affect Caledon and it’s important that Caledon’s best interests are protected,” said Caledon Area Councillor Nick deBoer.