By Miriam King The plan of subdivision presented by Maple Lane Lands for a property fronting on Sandy Trail in Alcona initially stirred strong response from the neighbours. They were worried about the impact of a 33-lot subdivision on drainage and flooding in the area, concerned about a loss of trees, and about the visual impact of several houses that would be built fronting on new streets within the subdivision, and presenting their long, plain sides to the existing homes on By Miriam King When the members of the Leonard's Beach Cottagers' Association sold their lakefront property to the Town of Innisfil in 2008, for approximately $775,000, they were faced with an unusual problem: what to do with the money. It took lengthy discussions, and almost two years of debate, but on June 6, the Association disbursed
INNISFIL - A woman called South Simcoe police on Sunday to report that her ex-husband had threatened to damage her car. The woman told officers that the man had also damaged her home on a previous occasion. A 35-year-old Newmarket man was arrested by York Regional Police Monday morning and charged with uttering threats and two counts of mischief to property. He was held for a bail hearing in Barrie, and later released with conditions.
Sandy Trail. Through modifications of the plan, Maple Lane Lands agreed to a five-metre treed buffer along the south flank of the sprawling property, and turned the homes so that they would face Sandy Trail. The changes required rezoning of the property to permit several exceptions: six-metre setbacks for some properties to accommodate the treed buffer zone and 5.3-metre setbacks (with a 2 m. encroachment for front porches), for the homes now fronting on Sandy Trail. The public meeting $450,000 to a total of 21 community organizations, schools, and clubs. The biggest recipients were the Innisfil Lions, who received a total of $84,000 for community projects and the Eat Well to Excel program in local schools; and Nantyr Shores Secondary School, whose scholarship fund received a $72,000 boost. Other donations supported sports groups in- under the planning act, to hear the zoning bylaw amendment application, was held June 9 - and this time, only a handful of residents showed up. "This subdivision went through quite a process to arrive at where it is now," said Coun. Rod Boynton, but now "has satisfied, if not all, a majority of the objections." He asked for assurance that the owners of the newly-built homes would be prevented from cutting the trees within the buffer zone - and was assured that the buffer would be registered on title, and car- cluding the Innisfil hockey, skating and lacrosse associations, cultural groups, the Innisfil Public Library, and a range of organizations, all of which contribute to community life - and cut across religious lines. Innisfil Community Church received $37,500, the Hebrew Centre of Belle Ewart was given $16,000, the Tent City Jewish Congregation was given $13,200 and Holy Cross Catholic El- ried forward to future purchasers. Boynton also asked for assurance that there would be no flooding as a result of construction. Ed Daniels, of Maple Lane Lands, told council, there would be "no additional stormwater produced." Resident Josh Holden said "the company has already started to take down trees, getting ready for construction." Daniels said that only brush was being cleared to allow installation of a temporary siltation fence but no trees were being cut at ementary School was given $15,000. Officials say every recipient had two things in common: they benefit their community, and they were "flabbergasted" by the amount of the donations. A number of organizations outside of Innisfil, but which contribute to the quality of life in the municipality, also received money. Habitat for Humanity got $18,000, Simcoe County
This subdivision ... has satisfied, if not all, a majority of the objections."
Coun. Rob Boynton on subdivision plans
this time. A tree study and an Environmental Impact Statement has been prepared, "and both of their recommendations are being followed." Services $12,000, RVH Cancer Care Centre and Gilda's Club Barrie each received $19,500, and Barrie's Colours of Music Festival received $9,000 to bring music workshops to Innisfil schools. What will the association do with the remaining $325,000? According to association president Dan Burns, the money is being held to eventually provide public washrooms and other facilities on the property, which will be developed as a park by the town. Friday, June 11, 2010 * Innisfil Examiner 3
Maple Lane Lands modifies its plans
Community groups 'flabbergasted' by donations
Leonard's Beach Cottage Association doles out $450,000
INNISFIL - A senior citizen has been charged with care- less driving after police stopped a vehicle Saturday night. South Simcoe police officers responded to a call about a suspected drunk driver near Innisfil Beach Road and 10th Sideroad around 9 p.m., after being contacted by concerned citizens. The vehicle was located and pulled over. After a brief investigation, the driver was arrested on suspicion of impaired driving. The man was taken back to the station for breath tests which resulted in a charge under the Highway Traffic Act. A 71-year-old Innisfil man has been issued a ticket for careless driving. The Simcoe County Museum is holding its annual Wheels and Tracks in Motion event this week featuring vintage construction equipment, tractors, classic trucks and other historic pieces. The event runs June 12-13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 728-3721. Other concerns included the impact on local roads, and the lack of activities for teens in the area. Coun. Dan Davidson noted that the property, under Places to Grow, was designated "medium density" - which means that the neighbours could have ended up facing townhouses. "When the province makes a decision, we have no power... under the Intensification Act; we can put as many as 53 residences per hectare." The comments and application were referred to staff for a recommendation.
Curtain closes on Gryphon Theatre
BY BOB BRUTON For the first time in 40 years, the curtain has come down on Gryphon Theatre's summer season. Its board of directors has cancelled the 10-week season, saying Gryphon needs to review its operations, re-organize its finances and recruit new board members. Barbara Aoki, Gryphon's executive director, said the summer season hadn't been finalized or even booked when the decision was made. "I know we have to re-organize our finances," she said. "Last year's summer season was not that well attended. That's when the recession hit us. "I don't know if the summer season is really viable. People want to do other things. Barrie has changed." Rudi Quammie Williams, the city's culture director, said Gryphon taking a break is a good idea. "They have to go back to the drawing board and look at how they will build a new audience," he said. "The community they are serving has changed quite dramatically."