The appeal against Newmarket’s Urban Centres Secondary Plan (OPA10) will not be settled at the OMB until January 23, 2017 – almost seven years after the whole tortuous and flawed process began.

Newmarket’s Secondary Plan was approved by York Region in March 2015

At that stage, the Region heard pleas from the Estate of Thomas Mulock (whose land lies on the north west corner of the intersection at Yonge and Mulock) which wants their land designated for medium and high density mixed use development. They don’t want a neighbourhood park.

A group of fast food restaurants (Tim Horton’s, A&W, McDonalds and Wendy’s) raised concerns about the Secondary Plan prohibiting drive through facilities.

The sclerotic OMB had its third pre-hearing conference on 28 April 2016 and yet another one is penciled in for 7 July 2016 at 395 Mulock Drive. What on earth do they get to talk about?

The hearing of the merits is, astonishingly, almost nine months away.

It is obvious to all that the OMB is completely silted up and the system totally useless.

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