Burl’s Creek Hit With $200k Fine Over Auto Flea Market

Zoning By Law Infringement

Burl’s Creek has been fined $200,000 for zoning and use violations related to the Spring Automotive Flea Market. Lawyers for Oro-Medonte Township and Burl’s Creek met before a court hearing this morning and agreed on the fines – counsel for the Township noting the severity of the fines, considering it was a first time offence. As a result the Township will not pursue further charges against Burl’s Creek for events held over the summer. “This was not an easy decision. Township Council and staff considered many factors that would significantly impact our residents and community. We took into consideration the substantial financial implications associated with legal costs that would result in excessive increases to the Township’s tax base,” said Deputy Mayor Ralph Hough. “It is important to keep in mind, the decision was made in the best interest of the municipality, our residents, and community as a whole. The agreement holds Burl’s Creek liable through their acknowledgment of the violations and agreeing to pay the fine for the offences.” Burl’s Creek continues to pursue zoning amendments that would allow it to make full use of the grounds for future events.