About HVPOA

Mission Statement

The mission of the Horseshoe Valley Property Owners Association is to enhance and sustain our community’s unique qualities through communication, community events and celebration, mindful advocacy and fostering positive partnerships with government, local businesses and other community groups.

eNews Policy

HVPOA eNews 

eNews is an email based newsletter issued to HVPOA members in good standing.  eNews contains information on community events, local history, issues facing the community, Oro-Medonte news and events, and local business supporters news.  A member can stop receiving eNews by clicking on the “Unsubscribe” button at the bottom of an eNews. To resubscribe, a member must issue an email request to hvpoacontact@gmail.com then reply to a confirmation email requesting the member to confirm that they wish to receive eNews. eNews complies with Canadian Anti-Spam Laws (CASL).

eNews Obituary Guidelines and Policies

We will publish obituaries in the HVPOA eNews for our members, if requested by family members, funeral homes, or comparable entities that are in charge of arrangements.

We do not accept obituaries for publishing in eNews from friends of the deceased unless a family member provides explicit (written) approval.

2020-2021 Board Priorities:

  1. LIAISE WITH ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT FOR RESPONSIBLE GROWTH THAT ENABLES A VISION OF A SAFE, FOUR-SEASON RECREATIONAL LIFESTYLE IN THE HORSESHOE VALLEY COMMUNITY.
  2. LOOK FOR OPPORTUNITIES DURING THE PANDEMIC TO ORGANIZE AND SUPPORT COMMUNITY EVENTS THAT FOSTER INCLUSIVENESS FOR ALL.
  3. ENHANCE COMMUNICATION AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, LEVERAGING DIGITAL MEDIA.
  4. DEVELOP AND FOSTER MEANINGFUL RELATIONSHIPS AND COLLABORATION WITH OTHER COMMUNITY GROUPS IN ORO MEDONTE AND SIMCOE COUNTY.

2021 HVPOA Board of Directors

Linda Myles President
Sonia Faryna VP, Governance, Planning & Development
Lori Hutcheson Secretary
Marla Hammond Treasurer
Nanci Brown Director, Membership
Mike Vanderlee Director, Communications
Open Director, Social Programs
Jack Lynch Director, Business Supporter Program
Richard Quinney Director
Linda Delottinville Director
Todd Vanzuilekom Director
Susan Carmichael Director

Need to contact us? If you have a suggestion or question for the Board of Directors, would like to volunteer but need more information, or would like a community item published in eNews, please email your detailed request to hvpoacontact@gmail.com and we will be pleased to assist.

We collect personal information from our members in the regular course of association business. This statement answers some of your most frequently asked questions, and lets you know exactly how we’re protecting the information you entrust to us.

What personal information do you collect about me?
We collect the following information about you:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone Number
  • email Address

How do you use this information?
The main reasons we collect information from you are:

  • Communication of information of interest to the community
  • HVPOA membership application and renewal
  • HVPOA social networking activities and event activities that meet the needs of all families

How do I opt out?

When you fill out a membership application, you provide us with your personal information and your specific preferences regarding communication.  If you no longer wish to receive eNews communiques simply click ‘Unsubscribe’ at the bottom of the eNews email.

How does HVPOA secure my information?

Access to information is restricted to those who need to know. Usually this is the Membership Chair. Information is held securely using such methods as locked compartments and secure passwords.

Does this Privacy Statement apply to HVPOA eNews and HVPOA websites?

The privacy statement applies to eNews and our website content including community reporting and recognition and editorial activities.

HVPOA Position Regarding Future Development of the Highlands Golf Course

The Horseshoe Valley community is very proud of the history and natural significance of living in such a well-known, high quality, four season recreational resort community. Many Ontarians of all ages have frequented Horseshoe as a destination of provincial and regional natural significance, and as a reprieve and healthy get away from urban life. Many of our residents moved here because of the active lifestyle, natural beauty and outdoor activities it offers, such as skiing and snowshoeing in winter, hiking, biking and golfing in spring, summer, and fall. Ontarians and others have and will continue to make Horseshoe their ultimate home, because of its unique, active, outdoor recreational lifestyle. This is made possible by the key natural resource features of Horseshoe, which includes the marvelous green space, rolling hills and treed woodlots, that create the championship 18 hole Highlands golf course, a major foundation of the quality of our active community life.

The HVPOA supports responsible development. What is being proposed by Skyline to close and develop the Highlands championship golf course contravenes our community’s vision of a sustainable environment. The piecemeal development that is clear cutting our forests, and creating sand desert building lots (Landscape Dr. & Oakmont Ave.), that remain unsold for years, is unacceptable. Skyline’s surprising proposed sale for development of an enormous portion of even more of our precious greenspace, including the first 9 holes of the championship Highlands golf course, is premature, unjustified and will severely impact the natural and outdoor quality of life that makes our Horseshoe Valley/Highlands community unique and distinct. Thankfully, no new subdivision plan for golf course development has been submitted to the township for review, nor to date has the township even been contacted.

The Horseshoe Valley population growth targets, guided by the provincial policy of Places to Grow, have already been met by the existing plans of subdivision lots in various stages of approval by the township. Furthermore, no new development lot plans can be approved without a feasible, affordable long term sewage and water servicing solution, which is subject to the preparation of a Class Environmental Assessment, likely years away from review and approval. Similarly, no new clear cutting can or should occur without full planning approvals.

The HVPOA will advocate for reasonable development through various avenues to promote orderly planning, consultation and future growth in our community. The very modest home sales volume of only about 35 residences per year in our Horseshoe area (compared to the over 3,500 home sales/year in the Barrie area, a commuter hub), does not justify the magnitude of hundreds of more new residential development lots proposed by Skyline on the golf course. There are already existing hundreds of vacant residential lots being planned and approved by the municipality that abut or are near the golf course. It is likely that any interest in the larger sale of existing Horseshoe Valley Lands, HVL, abutting the golf course, hinges on the 18 hole golf course remaining operational.

We will work with the Township, developers and others to advocate for more comprehensive planning to occur here, and to ensure that the full range of planning, design and building requirements are fully met that preserve and sustain our high quality of active community life. This includes full analyses and studies that support the necessary sewage and water servicing, transportation, our water aquifer regeneration, and all forms of needed amenities and infrastructure required to avoid financial and environmental impact on our community. This also includes ensuring that we have safeguards in place that would prevent clear cutting of trees and woodlots, and apply staging restrictions on servicing and building development, until certain completions of existing development areas have reached a mature state.