Company withdraws MZO application for housing development in Wilmot Township

A development corporation in Vaughan, Ont., has withdrawn its application for a Ministerial Zoning Ordinance (MZO) in Wilmot Township, the municipality announced in a news release Friday.

Cachet Developments Inc. was seeking approval for an MZO that would have paved the way for a 1,200-unit housing development between Baden and New Hamburg.

The press release did not cite a reason for the MZO’s removal, but said “all feedback received from the community has been shared with the developer.”

A board meeting scheduled for February 14 to discuss the MZO has now been cancelled.

“At this point, Cachet will proceed with its future development plans with input from the community, the Township and the Region of Waterloo through the comprehensive municipal review process,” the statement read.

Cachet Developments could not immediately be reached for comment.

MZOs are described on a provincial website as “an essential tool that can be used to support and accelerate government priorities, including transit-oriented communities, affordable housing, long-term care homes duration and strategic plans for economic recovery by eliminating potential obstacles and delays.”

However, MZOs cannot be appealed to the Ontario Land Tribunal and some have criticized their use:

Margie D. Carlisle