Ontario’s Planning Tribunal has sided with Oro-Medonte on Burl’s Creek.
The Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) has handed down a ruling, allowing special events at Burl’s Creek on a permanent basis. It solidifies the site’s use for future concerts and music festivals and allowing for overnight camping. The special events permit was first questioned by the Save Oro and West Oro Ratepayers’ Association, who appealed an Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) decision to allow for events to be held there, claiming there would be issues of “wild parties, people swimming naked in the lake, aggressively accosting residents on their properties, using privately-owned sugar-bush as a liquor and weapons depot, urinating and defecating indiscriminately across the road from the residents.”
“From the Township’s perspective, the LPAT’s decision is positive and addresses concerns surrounding public safety, and provides certainty for the community.” says Oro-Medonte Mayor Harry Hughes, “This decision is consistent with the previous OMB ruling regarding temporary use. Permitting camping and parking on site, in conjunction with the Township’s Special Events permit requirements, is paramount to alleviating logistical and potential safety challenges, associated with significant volumes of people arriving and departing events. The Township’s primary focus regarding Burl’s Creek Event Grounds has always been to ensure the safety of our residents. The LPAT’s decision has solidified the Township’s balanced approach to address these concerns.”
Oro-Medonte granted the site a temporary pass in 2015 following an 11-day OMB hearing. The LPAT decision reinforces the original decision to allow for special events at the site.