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  • Newmarket to vote on an agreement with Shining Hill Estates that would protect 80 acres of environmental lands and build a sustainable community

    Created: Monday, January 24, 2022

    ​The Town of Newmarket has negotiated a draft agreement with Shining Hill Estates Collection Inc. to protect a minimum of 80 acres of environmentally significant lands and to build a sustainable community on lands located at 16250, 16356 and 16450 Yonge Street. In addition to the conveyance of 80 acres of land into Town ownership, if approved, the agreement will require the developer to build a community with green housing options, affordable housing, low impact development, new trails, dog park(s), clubhouse/courts, the planting of 5,000+ trees and more. The agreement will be discussed at the Committee of the Whole Meeting on January 31 at 1 p.m. This meeting will be streamed online and the agenda is currently available online at newmarket.ca/meetings.

     
    “Following Council direction, the Town has successfully negotiated with Shining Hills Estates Inc. for a commitment to convey a minimum of 80 acres of sensitive environmental lands, and to implement a number of significant environmental and community enhancements within the development,” says Mayor John Taylor. “If approved, I believe this agreement will represent a new standard in sustainable community building and environmental stewardship.”
     
    Highlights of the agreement include but are not limited to the following:

    • The conveyance of a minimum of 80 acres of all environmentally significant lands and a minimum of 6km of public trails

    • $1,000,000 contribution to the Town for seed funding to establish a Town Green Environmental Fund for initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

    • A total contribution $12,500 per residential unit that will be used for the green environmental fund, the Mulock House Heritage fund, the Town’s Public Art Fund and for multi-use paths and active transportation in Newmarket, with an initial focus on Mulock Drive

    • A new clubhouse with 12 courts

    • The conveyance of 2.5 acres of land for the development of affordable housing

    • The conveyance of at least one acre of land and the construction of a community garden

    • The conveyance of at least one acre of land and the construction of off-leash dog park(s)

    • Plantings of at least 5,000+ trees to expand Newmarket’s tree canopy

    For more information, please see the public report currently available online at newmarket.ca/meetings.
     
    Residents can tune into the meeting on January 31 at 1 p.m. at newmarket.ca/meetings. Those that wish to participate in the meeting can do so via a virtual or written deputation by emailing clerks@newmarket.ca.