FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 11, 2023
QUEEN’S PARK – Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Bobbi Ann Brady read in petitions yesterday in the Ontario Legislature with the names of more than 100 people opposed to the province granting a Minister’s Zoning Order (MZO) in connection with the Empire Homes proposed city of 40,000 people at Nanticoke.
As part of the approval process needed for a development of a city of 15,000 homes, Haldimand County requested the authorization of an MZO in 2022. The petition highlighted the impact on infrastructure such as existing roadways, plus the maintenance of new roads and the need for new medical, police and fire facilities, and the threat of Stelco leaving. The petition asked the Legislative Assembly to not grant the request from the previous council.
“A development of this size will have an impact that will change Haldimand County forever,” Brady said. “It will become the largest urban centre in Haldimand County and will need four-lane highways to connect it to the Golden Horseshoe.”
Brady has also heard concerns from residents in Port Dover how a development of this size could impact their town.
Haldimand County has concluded its public consultation and will vote on whether to pursue the MZO at council in committee on May 23.
For more information, contact MPP Bobbi Ann Brady at 519-428-0446 or [email protected]