This update is from an enquiry that Jane Grinnell, V.P. of the MLRA made to Andrew McNeely, Town of Whitchurch Stouffville – Director of Planning & Building Services.
In an email to Jane, Andrew McNeely updated her on the status of the acquisition of the land from the James Coultice Estate (This acquisition is key to the Community Park and the protection of this environmentally sensitive area)
Importantly, the Town and the Estate are continuing to move forward to finalize the terms of the acquisition of the land by the Town. There has been however, a need for the Estate to request an extension on the clearance of their conditions concerning valuation of the charitable receipt for the dedication of the land to the Town under the Federal Government’s Eco-Gift Program. Further discussion with Revenue Canada is required so an extension until April 2011 was accepted by Council.
Andrew said that “Town Staff have in the 2011 draft Operating & Capital Budget identified an expenditure of $250,000 to complete the first phase of the Musselman’s Lake Park Project. Items covered in this financial allowance address the general clean up of the property to be acquired; building demolition; and, fulfilling the Town’s obligations to the Estate arising from the Offer of Purchase & Sale Agreement. Council will commence deliberation on the 2011 Budget on February 22nd.”
Community consultation about the Community Park Plan will continue in the spring of 2011 once the land acquisition has been firmed up. Please ensure you stay informed and attend any meetings, and we will do our best to keep you updated on this site.