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Innisfil Journal quotes Neil Smiley on proposed Big Bay Point Golf and Country Club expansion plan and zoning constraints

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“Innisfil zoning change could sink golf course expansion” by Janis Ramsay, Innisfil Journal.

Innisfil Journal quotes Toronto lawyer Neil Smiley in an article on the proposed Big Bay Point Golf and Country Club expansion plan and the effects new zoning changes will have.

Lawyer Neil M. Smiley from Fasken Martineau DuMoulin also sent a letter about the land designation to the town.

He doesn’t believe restricting the use of the land is good planning.

“Rather, it is confiscatory in nature, amounting to a sterilization of the subject property,” Smiley wrote. “In our respectful submission, the subject lands should be designated as parks and open space.”

He said a natural environmental area designation is meant to protect endangered species, provincially significant wetlands and areas of natural and scientific interest.

“The trees planted on the property should not be recognized as a significant woodland, as they are not naturally occurring and are not greater than 100 years old,” Smiley wrote.