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Grey Highlands pairing with Talisman owners to plan development for resort area

The municipality will be planning community visioning sessions to solicit public input on development for the Beaver Valley and Markdale areas
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The municipality is currently working collaboratively with the owners of the former Talisman Resort to explore opportunities to maximize the development potential of both that property, as well as the surrounding municipally owned lands. Jennifer Golletz/ CollingwoodToday

The mayor of Grey Highlands announced the municipality is partnering with the owners of the former Talisman Resort property to work toward potential development and investment in the Beaver Valley and Markdale area.

“The future development of the Beaver Valley area and downtown Markdale has been the impetus for forging a culture of partnership with the private sector that is essential to achieving sustainable economic growth, investment and jobs,” stated Grey Highlands Mayor and Grey County Warden Paul McQueen.

According to a news release, the municipality is working collaboratively with the owners of the former Talisman Resort to explore opportunities to maximize the development potential of both that property, as well as the adjacent municipally-owned lands.

“Grey Highlands and the surrounding region are the envy of many Ontario communities and that presents enormous opportunities, stated Brian Ellis, co-owner of the former Talisman property, in the town's press release. "We are committed to establishing a strong and productive working relationship with council and the community to advance our mutual interests in the future vision and development of the former Talisman Resort and the Beaver Valley region.”

Over the coming months, the Municipality will be planning community visioning sessions to solicit public input on the future opportunities presented by the municipally-owned properties in both downtown Markdale and in the Beaver Valley.

The strategic development opportunities associated with the project are being supported by Grey County’s economic development team, and their investment attraction consultants, thinkCOMPASS.

“We are in an enviable position of owning key tracts of land that will allow the municipality to strategically target growth and development, in partnership with the private sector," said CAO Karen Govan in the news release. "Our approach is innovative and expedient, and we’re well-positioned to move this undertaking forward to capitalize on the market opportunities that are available.”


Jennifer Golletz

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