Protecting Talisman Lands Association
Once it's Gone, it's Gone
Protect the escarpment in the Beaver Valley
Protecting Talisman Lands Association believes the Escarpment lands that are currently green and natural should remain that way.
The Escarpment should be protected as it is a significant environmentally sensitive area within a UNESCO-designated biosphere. This will also preserve agricultural lands, the Beaver River watershed, allow for low-impact recreational opportunities for the public, and support local businesses.
Our current campaign is focused on the lands surrounding the former Talisman Resort including:
Lands around the Beaver River, including all of the former golf course
The active agricultural land at the top of the hill, immediately north of Sideroad 7A
The former ski hill and the brow of the Escarpment
We believe in revitalizing the former Talisman Resort buildings, but any further development would have massive repercussions for the character of the Beaver Valley, the environment, the water and sewage infrastructure and the overall quality of life for area residents. Read more here
We Need Our
Governments to Lead
Government leaders at all levels, the Municipality of Grey Highlands, the County of Grey, the Niagara Escarpment Commission, and the Grey Sauble Conservation Authority, should:
• Not abdicate the crucial role of planning and vision to the developer
• Create a site plan for the Talisman lands that provides a comprehensive, logical, environment-first planning approach to the entire site, including lands owned by separate owners
• Provide the same information and staff resources to community members and developers
• Be timely, transparent, and consistent in communications
Photo by Ingrid Remkins
2 Owners with 2 Goals - We Need 1 Community Vision
We need one plan created by our community and our government representatives and not leave it to developers to dictate the future of the site and the Escarpment.
Currently, there are two owners of the former Talisman resort and adjacent lands and two disconnected plans. The buildings, the former ski slope, and the brow of the Escarpment are owned by Brian Ellis and partners. He has stated that he wants to revitalize the resort to provide hotel accommodations, a restaurant, a conference centre, and a spa.
The second owner, renamed Beaver Valley Development Group (BVDG), owns the former golf course near the Beaver River and the agricultural lands immediately adjacent to the brow of the Escarpment and north of Sideroad 7A. The plan is to develop these two parcels as: "A mix of housing choices that will appeal to both end users that want to live and play in the area and investor units, with a professionally managed rental program,"