BLAKE WOLFE The Standard
UXBRIDGE: The movement of trail systems away from sensitive lands and the preservation of historic buildings are among the highlights of a new environmental management plan affecting lands within Uxbridge Township.
Uxbridge councillors recently got an update on the Toronto Region Conservation Authority's East Duffins Creek management plan, which, according to TRCA spokesperson Adam Szaflarski, will be implemented over a 15-year timeframe.
The $2.375 million plan, approved in principle in March, is now seeking the support from involved municipalities including Uxbridge (council approved the plan on June 24), which contains a large portion of lands involved. A finalized version of the plan is anticipated in September.
Among the plan's highlights, said Mr. Szaflarski, will be the relocation of numerous trails – approximately 100 km – away from lands identified as sensitive, as well as the maintenance and preservation of several historic buildings, including the Walker Mill, which Mr. Szaflarski said would likely be turned into an "interpretive feature" accessible to the public, depending on how safe the current structure is.
"There's some work needed to keep it safe," said Mr. Szaflarski. "It may only be a viewing feature. It's the cultural heritage treasure of the property."
Councillors offered their support for the plan, with Ward 5 Councillor Gord Highet looking toward the potential economic benefits for the township.
"If we can get one per cent of the trail users into town," said the councillor, who also sits on the township's trails committee, "that's still a very large number of people going shopping here."
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