With the Victoria Day weekend now behind us, it appears that the unusually wet spring is giving way to warmer and hopefully sunnier days – a welcome relief to the many frustrated golfers I have encountered in recent weeks. In addition, for the first time in a very long while, we have stability and some certainty at the national political level with a new majority government.

The development industry in the GTA seems to be rolling along well, notwithstanding continuing reports regarding a scarcity of sites for development and redevelopment across the entire region. It seems as though, if you have a product to sell on the residential side, there are plenty of buyers, but many builder / developers are having difficulty finding sites that make economic sense. The planning approval process continues to be onerous with the requirements for a development application to be deemed “complete” continuing to grow.

As complexities in the planning approval and development business continue to grow, I must express my sincere appreciation to our clients, other consultants we work closely with, and our talented staff for their tolerance and patience in navigating this difficult and ever changing business on a daily basis. The role of the planning consultant has become more significant in this process, and our firm continues to grow stronger and more experienced with each new challenge.

I hope that you will enjoy this new email version of our newsletter. As we eliminate the production of a paper newsletter, this format will have the benefit of being able to click on links to more detailed articles and expanded discussions of issues, for those who are interested in a particular subject. This new format is intended to be educational, informative and to create a dialogue with and between our clients and friends throughout the industry. There are many ways to make use of this communication format and we look forward to developing and exploring such mechanisms in the coming months.

A settlement between 1635058 Ontario Limited (known as Fitzsimmons), the Town of Oakville, Halton Region, Conservation Halton, Silgold Developments and Silwell Development Limited was approved at the Ontario Municipal Board in a decision issued on March 25, 2011.


The Province has released the first amendment to the Places to Grow Plan. This Amendment extends the Plan to the County of Simcoe, City of Barrie and the City of Orillia. The Amendment focuses on four key areas:
• Identifying areas for growth and intensification;
• Allocating population and employment growth;
• Establishing the process for determining the amount of land
  required to accommodate this growth; and
• The creation of Strategic Employment Areas along the Hwy 400
  corridor and other areas.
Ask the Planner
Can WCGI assist with projects
beyond the GTA?
Yes, WCGI is active in a number of municipalities throughout south western and eastern Ontario, such as Kitchener, London, Sarnia, Kawartha Lakes and others. We would be pleased to discuss any project you may have, anywhere in Ontario.

WCGI is pleased to announce our new team members:
WCGI Planner active with the Greater Toronto Civic Action Alliance
New City of Toronto Zoning By-Law Repealed
WCGI will be diligently following this process and continue to advise our clients whose projects may be affected.
About Weston Consulting Group
Weston Consulting Group Inc. (WCGI) offers consulting services in the fields of urban, regional and rural planning, computerized design and project management. Our highly qualified and experienced professionals have a thorough knowledge of the planning process, government policy and regulations, trends of the development industry and ways and means of adding value to property. WCGI tailors effective, innovative and practical solutions to each specific project.