Economic development officials and planners from Oro-Medonte are making arrangements to turn Horseshoe Valley into a Whistler, or a Village-style development centre.
The township of Oro-Medonte is one of the most picturesque regions on the Earth with abundance of lakes, clean waters and magnificent waterways, as well as a perfect gateway recreational area which offers four-season leisure to both residents and guests that have the opportunity to enjoy the breath-taking scenery, take a walk through the town, visit historical sites, go to the theatre, go shopping, dinning and many more.
Donna Hewitt, director of corporate and strategic initiatives for the township of Oro-Medonte, said that they are hoping to make the Horseshoe Valley a Whistler, or Mount Tremblant of the area.
At the Regional Development Updates Seminar which was held last week, Hewitt announced that five projects in Oro-Medonte are already working towards this goal.
The greatest contribution towards developing the township of Oro-Medonte is made by Horseshoe Resort and Hardwood Ski and Bike, which are also hosting events that are attracting thousands of people.
Hewitt stated that Oro-Medonte is turning into an event tourism Mecca, since there are 20 events in the period between May and September.
The plan is to revive the ski industry for people who are attracted to the area and making Oro-Medonte a four-season destination by including activities such as golf and hiking.
Street cycling is also one of the recreational activities there: Oro-Medonte has 500 kilometres of paved roads and 85 kilometres of groomed trail and single-track trails for mountain hiking.
The other part of the project is the Copeland House condominium development at Horseshoe Resort which will function as a four-storey, 116 condo until development.
Moreover, a new communication tower located at Line 3 and Highway 11 is planned to provide residents and businesses with Wi-Fi, satellite and fibre optic capability.
Andria Leigh, director of development services for the township of Oro-Medonte, says that a great advantage of establishing a business in the township is that there are no commercial or industrial development charges. On the other hand, the disadvantage is the lack of servicing.
Although the growth of both residential and commercial development stayed minimal in the past five years, the census figures show that the population has grown by 43 people.
Leigh stated that their plans are to encourage more businesses to move to the area. They are also doing their best to make the process clear to business owners by meeting with them early in the process in order to discuss all issues before the building begins.
Another area of growth is located around Lake Simcoe Regional Airport and it is considered as an employment node for the township. In this moment, there are 12 charter companies, three of which are permanent. Hewitt said that the major purpose for developimg this area is the ability to take a flight from Oro-Medonte instead of going to Pearson.
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