The Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) has turned down a Vancouver-based developer’s bid to build a 58-unit condo complex on the shores of Stony Lake.
Jen Lewis, the treasurer with the group, Friends of Fraser Wetlands, called the decision a victory.
“Everywhere we went this weekend, everyone was like, ‘Yeah!’” Lewis said, raising her arms over her head in a ‘V,’ symbol.
Friends of Fraser Wetlands has opposed the development since it first came to its attention three years ago. The group argued to the OMB that the development put two provincially significant wetlands at risk, and jeopardized the overall health of Stony Lake.
“And we won outright on that score,” said lawyer David Donnelly, who represented Friends of Fraser Wetlands and Curve Lake First Nation during the multi-week OMB hearing. “Our star witness on that point, Gord Miller, told me he thinks this is one of the first and best decisions where wetland complexes have been recognized, and now protected.”
The hearing took place in September 2016, and ran for about four weeks.
The developer, Burleigh Bay Corporation, was not available for comment.
In addition to the 58 units, the condo complex would have included a community centre, parking, docks and new roads through the area.