The Township of Springwater is a growing community. Find an overview of current development projects of particular public interest below. For more information on current development, please contact the Planning Department.
Our Residential Growth Map shows areas throughout Springwater where residential development is planned.
The Midhurst Secondary Plan guides development in Midhurst and identifies areas for growth and expansion. The study looks at all service aspects of future development including municipal water, wastewater, traffic, environmental considerations and other impacts.
Our Midhurst Secondary Plan overview and set of frequently asked questions provide more information on the Midhurst Secondary Plan. You can also view a timeline of the Midhurst Secondary Plan to see how the development unfolded over time.
Midhurst Secondary Plan Map
Midhurst Secondary Plan Environmental Assessment
Phase 1 and 2 Water, Wastewater & Transportation Master Plan
Following the approval of the Midhurst Secondary Plan (OPA 38), the Township completed a Master Plan for the provisions of water, wastewater and transportation upgrades to accommodate future growth in the Midhurst area. The purpose of the Master Plan is to plan and provide preliminary design for the water, wastewater and transportation projects to service the anticipated population growth.
Phase 3 and 4 Environmental Study Report
In March 2020, the final Phase 3 and 4 Environmental Study Report of the Class Environmental Assessment Planning Process was completed. This report identifies the specific water, wastewater and transportation infrastructure that will be necessary to accommodate the development of the Midhurst Secondary Plan, in accordance with the Phase 1 and 2 Water, Wastewater and Transportation Master Plan.
Midhurst Environmental Assessment: Phase 3 & 4
In September 2018, the Township of Springwater submitted Phase 3 & 4 of the EA to the MECP to determine specific water, wastewater and transportation infrastructure requirements to accommodate future growth within the Midhurst Secondary Plan. The MECP received five Part II Order requests, asking that the Township prepare individual environmental assessments for all the projects proposed in the EA. On November 21, 2019 the Township received correspondence from Minister Jeff Yurek indicating that an individual environmental assessment would not be required, however conditions have been imposed on the municipality with respect to the projects in the Environmental Assessment.
The Township of Springwater is of the opinion that the conditions imposed by the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks have been satisfied. A letter was submitted requesting that the Ministry confirm the Township’s position regarding the fulfillment of the conditions to permit the construction of the Carson Road Stage 1 infrastructure. On November 25, 2020, the Ministry responded and advised that the conditions have been met and infrastructure works are permitted to proceed.
Environmental Resource Recovery Centre
The County of Simcoe's proposed Environmental Resource Recovery Centre (ERRC) at 2976 Horseshoe Valley Road West in Springwater would locally process green bin organics and manage the transfer of garbage and recycling. The land use planning process is underway, and appeals are currently being addressed through the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT).
As per the requirements of the Planning Act and the Township of Springwater's Official Plan, the following documents are part of the County's application:
In November 2016, the County of Simcoe initiated a County Official Plan Amendment 2 (COPA2) and submitted applications to the Township of Springwater for Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments for 2976 Horseshoe Valley Road West. The Province approved COPA2 for the proposed ERRC on November 30, 2018. On January 2, 2019, notification was received from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) regarding their approval of COPA2.
Three (3) appeals of the decision were submitted in January 2019 and are now being addressed through the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT).
For more information on the ERRC, visit the County of Simcoe's website.