INNISFIL, ONT. — The Government of Ontario has announced that a Ministerial Zoning Order (MZO) has been made to designate lands on the 6th Line for the Town of Innisfil’s future Orbit transit hub.
The MZO was endorsed by the municipal government to expedite the building of Innisfil’s new GO Station as well as the planning process for a new community called the Orbit, stated a release.
The Orbit will be built in phases and will be a mixed-use community with residential, commercial, institutional, educational and community uses. The GO Train station will be located at the centre of the community. Developers for the project, which at buildout will have a projected population of 150,000, are the Cortel Group and Partisans.
The MZO includes guidelines for how the land immediately surrounding the transit station can be used as well as protection of environmental features such as woodlands and wetlands. The lands outside of the area subject to the MZO will be addressed through a Secondary Plan, the municipal government said.
“Today’s announcement is a good example of how our government is using Minister’s Zoning Orders, in partnership with municipalities, to help get shovels in the ground quickly on important projects that will benefit residents for generations,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, in a statement. “This is an exciting community-building project and I am proud to be able to support the Orbit transit hub.”