Update on Pickering Council sprawl vote
(Pickering) Unfortunately, the motion for the Durham Regional Council to drop the appeal to the OMB did not succeed.
Over two hundred concerned citizens were present at the meeting on February 22nd to discuss the motion; 17 Pickering residents spoke on the issue, as did Dan McDermott on behalf of the Sierra Club. Along with Councillors Bill McLean and Jennifer O'Connell (who had brought the motion forward), Councillor Peter Rodrigues voted in support. However, it was voted down by Mayor Dave Ryan and Councillors Doug Dickerson, David Pickles, and Kevin Ashe.
Nevertheless, this does not end the fight to protect sensitive watershed lands from unnecessary development. Sierra Club will continue to keep an eye on Durham as it proceeds with its appeal to the OMB.
More on the Durham Region website: http://www.newsdurhamregion.com/news/article/172258