At the request of the township, the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing issued two Minister’s Zoning Orders (MZOs) that will speed up approvals to allow manufacturing facilities to be built in the township. Firms involved in the construction and fabrication of modular agricultural buildings are expected to locate at the two sites, which would create up to 600 new full-time local jobs.
“MZOs are a fantastic tool we are using, in partnership with municipalities, to get important projects like these manufacturing buildings open for business quickly,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “We are proving time and time again that our government is taking swift action to address growth and bring good jobs online.”
Ontario is balancing responsible growth with protecting the environment for future generations. These Minister’s Zoning Orders will only apply to parts of the land that do not include environmentally significant features, such as streams. The Minister of Municipal Affairs has also committed to adding two acres of protected and enhanced greenspace for every acre of land developed through the use of a Minister’s Zoning Order.
Municipalities are expected to complete all due diligence, including any consultations with communities and stakeholders, before requesting a Minister’s Zoning Order.
“We are bringing up to 600 jobs to McNab/Braeside, and I am proud to be part of the government that is making that happen more quickly,” said John Yakabuski, MPP for Renfrew–Nipissing–Pembroke. “I am thankful to Minister Clark for supporting our council’s request, and for helping to cut red tape and enable this important investment in our community.”
“I cannot overestimate the importance of these MZOs in expediting getting this important project underway,” said Tom Peckett, Mayor, Township of McNab/Braeside. “The proposed agricultural manufacturing plants will go a long way in helping bring economic prosperity to McNab/Braeside and will have a long-lasting positive impact on the quality and quantity of jobs in our community.”