BLAKE WOLFE The Standard
UXBRIDGE: News of progress on the Pickering Airport was a topic of discussion around the Uxbridge Council bench this week, with another meeting on the matter taking place in Pickering tonight (June 27).
The development returned to the spotlight earlier this month, after Finance Minister and Whitby MP Jim Flaherty made the surprise announcement that the plan would be moving ahead during a speaking engagement.
A meeting by community organization Land Over Landings was held last week in response to the minister's announcement. Ward 1 Councillor Bev Northeast told councillors that another meeting on the airport will take place tonight at Cedarglen
Golf Course in Pickering, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
While the development has drawn criticism from Uxbridge residents regarding the potential impacts on the township from increased local air traffic, Mayor Gerri Lynn O'Connor expressed caution toward picking a side at this point, adding that she wants to see excess rural property set aside for the project be used for farmland.
"There's nothing to talk about at this point because nothing has been said," said the mayor. "Hopefully there will be another meeting when there is something to talk about. This will go through whether anyone wants it or not. But as a council, we have to make sure the remaining excess lands go to agricultural uses."
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