Richmond Hill eyes protected rural lands on Oak Ridges Moraine for development

"Protected rural lands in the Oak Ridges Moraine conservation area in Richmond Hill may become ground zero for future development.

Richmond Hill council voted to consider expanding its settlement area into the agricultural and rural lands along the Leslie Street and Highway 404 corridor at its Feb. 26 meeting.

The proposed land use change would allow the developers to tap into the current “countryside areas” near the Gormley GO Station, between 19th Avenue and Bethesda Road, that have been designated to buffer the Oak Ridges Moraine from urban sprawl, according to the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan (2017)."

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