On paper it seems great — a development focused on high density living, where people are close to amenities, including public transportation to major urban centres.
The glaring question, however, is why here — why should a development for 150,000 additional people be located in what is currently a largely rural area?
It seems the only reason this location is being pushed is the developer owns the land and wants to turn a profit, otherwise it makes absolutely no sense.
Given these concerns, this request for a MZO can be seen as an attempt to avoid uncomfortable questions that might be raised by going through due process and engaging in public consultation.
If a development is a net benefit to the community then developers can easily demonstrate that by engaging with those who it will most impact, namely the public and residents of the community.
We need more public engagement and participation in determining how our communities develop, not less.