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One of two OLT appeals for Blackmoor Estates dropped

Appeal regarding overall development on Hurontario St. between Campbell St. and Findlay Dr. still ongoing
This map shows the lands where the developer is proposing a pocket community called Blackmoor Gate. The thin parcel at the top of the shaded area represents access to Campbell Street, where the developer proposes to put the main entrance and exit road for the development. Contributed photo.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been updated from a previous version to clarify that Blackmoor Estates withdrew their severance application, which is what led to the case being closed at the Ontario Land Tribunal.

One of two appeals to the Ontario Land Tribunal involving the Blackmoor Estates project in Collingwood has come to a close.

During Monday’s (Aug. 8) strategic initiatives standing committee meeting, the town’s Director of Planning, Building and Economic Development Summer Valentine provided an update to councillors on matters currently before the Ontario Land Tribunal.

As part of that update, Valentine noted that Blackmoor Estate Ltd. had withdrawn their application to sever a part of their land to build a single detached dwelling unit that wasn’t a part of their larger development. Neighbour Tobey Ridsdale had filed the appeal in 2022 in opposition to the town's decision on the matter to allow the severance.

“This was an appeal related to a severance on Hurontario St. between Campbell St. and Findlay Dr.,” said Valentine.

As a result, on July 27, the OLT released a decision that the appeal is now closed.

“The proponent (Blackmoor Estates) no longer wants to pursue the severance application,” said Valentine in her update to councillors.

A second Ontario Land Tribunal appeal of non-decision filed by Blackmoor Estates against the town regarding their overall development proposal is still active and is currently still making its way through the tribunal.

The proposal for the overall Blackmoor development, first put forward in 2018, was to build 24 single detached and four semi-detached dwellings in the centre of the town block bordered by Campbell Street, Hurontario Street and Findlay Drive. The property is largely landlocked except for two proposed access points. The main access point is planned off Campbell Street.

The development would be inward facing with condominium ownership and private roads. The new units’ rear yards would face the rear yards of the existing homes on Campbell Street, Hurontario Street and Findlay Drive. The land had previously been an apple orchard.

Ontario Land Tribunal hearings are open to the public, and decisions are posted to their website.

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