Queen’s Park allows parking and camping at Burl’s Creek – for now

Approves Temporary Use Bylaw for events this year

Some sighs of relief in Oro-Medonte over zoning and permitted uses at Burl’s Creek.

Minister of Municipal Affairs, Steve Clarke, announced today the extension of a Preliminary Use Bylaw for so-called ‘supporting lands’ within the park.

“I’m happy festivals and concerts on the Burl’s Creek event grounds will continue once again this summer. Festivals and concerts at Burl’s Creek boost tourism in the region and help local businesses thrive. They’re also a great opportunity for families and friends to enjoy live music.”

– Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing

Oro-Medonte Mayor Harry Hughes says the announcement comes at the Eleventh Hour in terms of cementing plans for the park this summer, “The uncertainty could have meant that we could have been in a situation where concerts were allowed but they wouldn’t have had the provisions for parking and camping to go with them, which is so essential for keeping the attendees at the concerts on the grounds.”

Burl’s Creek is divided into two sections: 92 acres of Primary Lands that are zoned for concerts and other events, and 500 acres of Supporting Lands – farmland – surrounding the Primary Lands, which have been used in the past for parking and camping.

This Temporary Use Bylaw bridges the gap for the 2019 special event season while allowing for a Local Planning Appeal. It allows those uses to continue until a hearing can be held, before the Ontario Municipal Board, on an application for a Permanent By-Law Application. The hearing for such will take place on or after April 1.