“I was lead to believe it is to make things more difficult for the school board to put in a school,” said Coun. Martin Mazza.This doesn't do squat except irritate the relationship between two public government bodies and prolong the time line for elementary students to get a new school. The recommendation was part of the overall review of the town, but now council is playing planning games with its maps.
Monday night, the planning advisory committee approved the final draft of a comprehensive zoning bylaw, which deals with zoning for the entire municipality.
But in the process, committee members, including Mazza, ignored staff’s advice to give an institutional designation to the proposed elementary school site at Line 2 and Niagara Stone Road.
The board could still, irregardless of whatever zoning the town applies to the land, apply for a zone change and official plan amendment to allow for construction of a school. Council would likely face a positive recommendation from its planning staff, which could only lead to an Ontario Municipal Board appeal the board would likely win.
Again, these are misdirected energies that could and should have been used