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Innisfil station will remain in Lefroy 0

MIRIAM KING, SUN MEDIA

Innisfil's future GO train station will stay in Lefroy.

It was a side issue at a recent public meeting held to present a revision of the town's Official Plan amendment No. 1 -- which, when first adopted in 2006, would have increased the town's target population to 105,000 by 2026.

As a result of province's Places to Grow policy and the Simcoe County's growth management strategy and its new Official Plan, expansion plans have been reduced to a target population of 65,000.

But it was the clause that would have moved a future GO train station from the 5th Line to the 6th Line -- from a site within walking distance of Lefroy to an area in the middle of future development -- that brought out most of the audience at Wednesday's meeting, and sparked at least 79 letters and 23 e-mails in opposition.

Dozens of residents wearing "Save Our Station -- Keep the GO in Lefroy" buttons were delighted when consultant Paul Lowes suggested dropping the proposed move.

"I don't think the OPA turns on whether you move the GO station or not," Lowes said. "I think it's logical to pull that out . . . That's probably a separate matter that can be dealt with on its own."

John Hurd reminded council at the public meeting that both the town's Official Plan and Innisfil Action 2010 Plan identify the 5th Line as the preferred site of a new GO station.


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