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The Environmental Resource Recovery Centre is currently under development at 2976 Horseshoe Valley Road West, Springwater. This facility will house the Organics Processing Facility (OPF), Materials Management Facility (MMF), and areas for truck servicing, public education, and space to potentially sort blue box recycling in the future. 


Project Update

On January 2, 2019, notification was received from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) regarding their approval of the County Official Plan Amendment (COPA) for the ERRC at 2976 Horseshoe Valley Road West, Springwater. Information pertaining to this decision can be found on the provincial Environmental Registry here.

The 20-day appeal period for the approval ended on January 22, 2019. Three (3) appeals were submitted and are now being addressed through the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (the “LPAT"). The LPAT scheduled a Case Management Conference (CMC) regarding the ERRC project for August 7, 2019. The purpose of the CMC is to set out the process for dealing with the three (3) appeals. A second CMC was held on November 6, 2019 at the Township of Springwater Administration Centre. Following the second CMC, a teleconference call was held on December 13, 2019 between LPAT, the County, the Township of Springwater, the Province, and the appellants to review the issues list, to hear of any concerns, and interest in mediation.

It is anticipated that the dates for the fourth CMC on County OPA No. 2 and first CMC on the Township files will be received, and that at the next CMC that a procedural order for the hearings would be discussed in terms of phasing or hearing the matter concurrently as well as setting hearing dates.

The LPAT notice was circulated by the County in May to the required parties on behalf of the LPAT and can be viewed here. The County will continue to provide updates related to the CMC as they become available.

Additional information can be found in the most recent staff reports for this project:

Additional Resources:

  • Details on the land use pl​anning approval process can be found on the County’s Planning webpage.

Inquiries regarding this project can be directed to or alternatively        Service Simcoe Contact Centre at (705) 735-6901.