Rama Road Corridor - Ramara

Ramara is pushing large developments in what’s known as the Rama Road Corridor,  which was designated an employment district by the previous Liberal government. The township has requested a MZO for the developments, but has denied this is the case, claiming the request was simply meant to open dialogue with the province regarding the proposal.

What's Happening?

Ramara Township is pushing for developments along the Rama Road Corridor, and has requested a MZO from the province.

The developments – three are currently included in the proposal – would impact Lake Couchiching, including both on-land and shoreline/shallow water wetlands categorized as provincially significant.

A map showing where development is proposed, and showing how it will impact wetlands. Map by SCGC using layers from Simcoe County, the MNRF, and features drawn from the proposal.
A map showing where development is proposed, and showing how it will impact wetlands. Map by SCGC using layers from Simcoe County, the MNRF, and features drawn from the proposal. Click for a larger version.

The Township has said that it hasn’t requested a MZO, but they have, evidenced by two motions in council, at Ramara and at Simcoe County, as well as by a staff report recommendation.

The public deserves to participate in decisions that will affect their communities.

Ramara Council must uphold its duty to the public it serves by acknowledging the  MZO request, by rectifying it with a motion that would send a letter to the Minister revoking the MZO request, and re-committing to a planning process done  in good faith, with full public participation and due diligence paid to environmental and other necessary studies to ensure no negative impacts.

Status

The Township officially revoked the MZO request. The town may continue to pursue the development via normal planning processes.

The MZO request stands, after approval for the request letter to the Minister from both the Township and the County.

Until the Township officially revokes its request the MZO can be granted by the Minister.

The Township has not officially revoked its request.

Proponents

Parataxis Design And Development Corporation. 280 High Park Avenue, Toronto, Ontario. M6P 2S7

Timeline

February 8, 2021:

Orillia Council special meeting on the Rama Road Corridor, with Ramara Mayor, CAO, and staff participating.

This is the meeting at which the Ramara mayor and CAO state that Ramara is not seeking a MZO.

December 7, 2020:

November 24, 2020:

November 10, 2020:

November 2, 2020:

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A map showing where development is proposed, and showing how it will impact wetlands. Map by SCGC using layers from Simcoe County, the MNRF, and features drawn from the proposal.
Planning

Rama Road Corridor

Ramara Council must uphold its duty to the public it serves by acknowledging the MZO request, by rectifying it with a motion that would send a letter to the Minister revoking the MZO request, and re-committing to a planning process done in good faith, with full public participation and due diligence paid to environmental and other necessary studies to ensure no negative impacts.

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Send a Message to Council

Message to Ramara Council

Dear Mayor Clarke and Ramara Council.

Please end the confusion regarding use of a MZO in the Rama Road Corridor and send a letter, passed by Council, to the Minister that officially rescinds any possible outstanding request.

The proper route to proceed with development is through the planning process, ensuring that it includes full and transparent public participation done in good faith.

Sincerely.

Message to Orillia Council

Dear Mayor Clark and Orillia Council.

Please take a stand to protect the health of Lake Couchiching and the water that we rely on for drinking as well as for recreation.

I ask that you send a letter to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing stating that Orillia opposes the use of a MZO in the Rama Road Corridor.

Sincerely.

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