The Collingwood General & Marine Hospital (CGMH) has become aware that Councillor Kevin Lloyd has provided a Notice of Motion to be tabled at the Collingwood Council's March 13th meeting. It is understood that Council will debate the motion on March 27th.
The context of the motion is to direct Town of Collingwood staff "to commence the process to consider revisions to the Town of Collingwood Official Plan and Zoning By-laws to include hospitals and other related medical uses as may be necessary to support the redevelopment of the Hospital on their preferred Greenfield Site".
CGMH Board Chair Thom Paterson is encouraged by the intent of the motion and hopes Council will vote in favour of it. "Collingwood Council's approval would be a concrete demonstration of their support for our Stage 1 submission for the redevelopment of the Hospital. By providing land use approvals for a hospital to be built on the Poplar Sideroad site, the Town works collaboratively with the Hospital in moving forward on the submission of our Stage 2 proposal to the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. This action will allow the Ministry to make the decision on the best site for patient care today and well into the future."
Should the Town choose to provide land use planning approval for the preferred Poplar Sideroad site, the Hospital will not be required to undertake a costly and lengthy planning application process. Hospital officials estimate that this action on the part of the Town will save the CGMH a minimum of $120,000; money that can be used instead for direct patient care.
The Hospital is grateful for all of the community support and urges residents to stay involved by writing their councilors to express their opinions and/or support Councillor Lloyd's motion.
The Hospital is committed to continuing to provide our community with the most up to date information related to the redevelopment.Please visit the Redevelopment portal to better understand current issues and to request further information.