Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the most frequent questions we receive on a daily basis.
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 About

What is the Midhurst Secondary Plan?
Answer: It is a comprehensive planning document which sets out policies to guide development within the established Settlement Area boundary over the long term. It recognizes existing large lot residential areas in a special designation. It identifies natural heritage areas that area to be protected, as well as areas for employment, mixed use, residential and recreational uses such as trails and parks. It calls for a mix of housing types and employment uses on full municipal services in order to achieve the densities envisioned by the Provincial Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. It establishes urban design guidelines to achieve attractive urban form and streetscapes and sets out phasing policies to ensure development occurs gradually in an orderly manner.

 Taxes

How will existing taxes be affected by the new development?
Answer: All new infrastructures (sewer, water, roads) in the Midhurst Secondary Plan will be paid for by the developers, so those capital costs will not cause taxes to increase because they will not be borne by taxpayers. Tax rates are determined each year by Council and are based on many factors, including the level of municipal services provided to the entire Township.

 Employment

What types of employment opportunities are envisioned in the employment areas?
Answer: The secondary plan will enable employment areas to hook into full municipal services and as such expand the range of employment uses that can be accommodated. Employment uses may include offices, manufacturing, warehousing, service and maintenance.

 Residential

What types of residential units are envisioned?
Answer: The Secondary Plan provides for a variety of housing types ranging from single family detached homes to townhomes, low rise apartments to seniors housing, to apartments over shops. All will be subject to urban design standards to ensure consistency, design quality and liveability. Existing large lot residential areas are recognized in a special Midhurst Village designation.

 Amenities

What other amenities will exist in the new development?
Answer: Parks will be located within a five minute walk of most residences. Trails and riding paths will be incorporated throughout the area and will include linkages to natural heritage and green spaces. The road network is planned to accommodate transit in the future. There will be planned neighbourhood centres including small retail and service commercial units, schools and other community facilities.
What types of institutional, administration or government uses are anticipated?
Answer: The Secondary Plan envisions professional offices related to government, schools, day care centres, recreation facilities, libraries, fire stations, public or private sector utilities and transportation facilities.

 Timing

Will this new development occur all at once?
Answer: No. Development will occur gradually in a phased manner, over the long term.
Where will the first phase of development happen?
Answer: In the Carson neighbourhood in the vicinity of Carson Road and Wilson Drive, and near Doran Road west of Russell Road.
When will the first phase of the live development start?
Answer: We hope to break ground in 2015 and start house construction in 2016.
Where does the planning process in Midhurst stand now?
Answer: The planning and phases 1 and 2 of the Class Environmental Assessment process for Midhurst is complete. Phases 3 and 4 of the Class EA (detailed design) must be completed for water, wastewater, and transportation. This process is expected to be complete in 2014. The Secondary Plan will be implemented through plans of subdivision and site plans. The first phases of subdivisions and zoning were approved in July 2014.

 Population

What is the eventual planned population of the Midhurst Secondary Plan area?
Answer: At full build-out, there will be about 30,000 people living in approximately10,000 homes. Development will take place gradually, in phases over the long term.

 Opportunity To Be Heard

Have there been opportunities for public participation throughout the development of the Secondary Plan?
Answer: Absolutely. The public has been encouraged to comment and provide their input over many years through design workshops, sessions with Springwater Township staff and council, public open houses and public meetings. You can view a few of those opportunities here:
  • May 6, 2004: Springwater hosts Public Open House on Midhurst Secondary Plan
  • November 10, 2005: Stakeholders meeting
  • March 30, 2006: Midhurst residents meeting
  • May 23, 2006: Springwater considers detailed Terms of Reference for Midhurst Secondary Plan
  • Early 2007: Springwater selects The Planning Partnership to undertake Midhurst Secondary Plan
  • October 9, 2007: The Planning Partnership hosts meetings with local stakeholders and Council
  • November 14 & 15, 2007: Two day design charette, with public workshops
  • February, 2008: The Planning Partnership provides background report on growth options to Springwater Planning Committee
  • April 14, 2008: The Planning Partnership presents growth options with varying densities to Springwater Planning Committee
  • June 10, 2008: Springwater issues notice of start of environmental assessment for water, wastewater and transportation requirements for Midhurst Secondary Plan
  • June 23, 2008: Springwater Director of Planning provides Planning Committee with update on timing for completion of Secondary Plan
  • October 20, 2008: By-law 2008-104 to Adopt MSP (OPA 38) given first Reading by Council.
  • November 3, 2008: By-law 2008-106 to Adopt MSP (OPA 38) passed by Council
Will there continue to be opportunities for public involvement and information?
Answer: Absolutely. Anyone can follow the planning application process. The provincial Planning Act requires public notice of any plan of subdivision, Official Plan Amendment or Zoning By-law Amendment application. Notices can be found on the Township of Springwater web site.

 Water and Sanitary Services

What water and sewer services are needed to support the new development?
Answer: The Township has completed Phases 1 and 2 of a Class Environmental Assessment Study, also known as a Master Servicing Plan that sets out the water, wastewater and transportation servicing requirements for the Midhurst Secondary Plan area. The Township issued its Notice of Completion for this phase in July 2009. New development will be serviced by new state of the art water and wastewater treatment facilities.
Who will pay for this new infrastructure?
Answer: The Midhurst Secondary Plan contains policies requiring that “growth pays for growth”, ensuring that the costs of new development are borne by the new development – not existing residents. Financial Agreements are required at various stages of the process and include developer cost-sharing agreements, front-end agreements, and/or accelerated payment agreements. The first of these agreements was executed in July 2009 and March 2013 to ensure that the existing residents are not paying for the cost of the environmental assessment for water, wastewater and transportation infrastructure.
  • Springwater Township’s 2013 Development Charges Background Study states “developers will pay the costs of roads, sewers and water service”. The combined total, $168 million ($25.8 million for water, $68.1 million for sewers and $74.1 million for roads), is to be 100% funded by Midhurst developers.
  • The development will also pay approx. $95 million in development charges – $61million for the Township, $28.5 million for the County and $5.5 million for the school boards.
  • These development charge revenues will be available to help fund new fire and EMS stations/equipment, recreation centres, libraries, public works facilities, parks and outdoor sports facilities, for example.
How will the new water system affect existing wells?
Answer: It will not. Studies were done during the Midhurst Secondary Plan process to ensure that there will be an adequate water supply. The studies have shown no negative impact to existing wells as a result of the new municipal wells that will be established. A well monitoring program will be implemented where applicable as part of the construction program, which will confirm the analysis to date. A contingency plan will also be prepared to address any impacts.
Will existing Midhurst residents be required to connect to the new municipal water and sewer system?
Answer: No. There are no plans to mandate existing residents to connect.

 Roads and Transportation

Will the new road network be transit-friendly?
Answer: Yes. The Environmental Assessment examined transportation from the viewpoint of moving traffic efficiently throughout the settlement area. The road network design of future subdivisions will be a transit-friendly road system.
Were transportation issues for adjoining areas outside Springwater taken into consideration?
Answer: Yes. This was part of the Environmental Assessment process. Surrounding municipalities were given the opportunity to comment on the proposed transportation upgrades and routing.