Highland Gate Development
Addressing Encroachment Issues
NEWS December 11, 2015
Aurora (ON) – Newmarket-Aurora MPP Chris Ballard is urging Highland Gate Developments Inc. to delay addressing any perceived encroachment issues with land abutting its property until the Ontario Municipal Board appeal on the redevelopment of the former golf course has been fully decided.
MPP Ballard said “I am concerned Highland Gate Developments will soon begin removing fences and plants on property it believes encroaches on its land. I also know a number of homeowners are concerned with boundary claims by the development company. I would hope, especially given the time of year, the company does not make a move until boundary issues are resolved.”
Ballard said as MPP it is vital to respect the rights of all parties involved. “At the same time, my office is monitoring the current processes to ensure fairness in the public planning process.”
On December 8, 2015 Aurora Town Council passed a motion that reads, in part: “THAT Highland Gate Developments Inc. be requested to hold off on addressing any encroachments until such time as the OMB appeal matter is fully decided.”
Highland Gate Redevelopment is 101-acre site that is nestled between residential homes from Yonge St. to Bathurst Road. Formerly a Golf Course, it was deciding factor for almost every resident when making that decision to purchase a home.
On November 17, 2015 Highland Gate Developments Inc. filed a Notice of Appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board. Generally, this is a result of when all parties involved have failed to find a resolution. Many residents of Aurora, including the Highland Gate Ratepayers Association, have been outspoken in regards to the proposed development by Highland Gate Developments Inc. a subsidiary partnership between Clublink Corporation and Geranium Corporation.
MPP Ballard is concerned whenever there is an imbalance of power, and will ensure he protects the rights of all parties. Bill 73, Smart Growth for Our Communities Act, 2015 is a step forward in balancing the rights of all parties involved in the public planning process. On October 28, 2015 the Province enacted the Protection of Public Participation Act, 2015, which will allow the public to participate more freely in public discussions without fear of retribution by giving them a better way to defend themselves against strategic lawsuits, commonly known as SLAPPs (Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation).
Brian Morris Executive Assistant to MPP Chris Ballard Office of Chris Ballard, MPP firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 905-750-0019