It was a nervous evening for us all and vindication of our consistent challenge to the Town of “WHY is this development necessary?” It was an evening where we hoped to see a turning point for how the Municipality would defend our Official Plan and their vision for healthy and appropriate growth and development in this community. At the end of the evening I am proud to say Town Council voted 9 – 0 to oppose Marianneville’s submissions for development of the Glenway lands.
It was a satisfying win for residents of Glenway and Newmarket residents as a whole. While the Planner hired by the Town focussed on technical requirements of the Developer’s application proposal and Settlement offers, she downplayed the foundational concept of the ‘principle of development’. This is the WHY, the rationale that needed to be answered before drilling into the technical details of any development proposal. The principle of development speaks directly to our vision of Newmarket and the extensive planning efforts that are the Official Plan and the Secondary Growth Plan. It is clear that the development proposal offered by Marianneville doesn’t fit the Town’s planning vision and objectives. It serves no purpose that is positive for the Town, its residents and the health of the Glenway community.
Following an excellent deputation from Dave Sovran of the GPA there were more than a dozen residents from inside Glenway and several from outside of Glenway who passionately supported both the protection of the character and nature of our existing neighbourhood from unnecessary development as well as the value of the principle of development in how the Town supports a vision for Newmarket. Residents of Newmarket should be proud of the growing unity they continue to demonstrate in supporting all neighbourhood communities throughout Newmarket.
Prior to the Town Council vote there was a strong opening motion made by our Ward Councillor, Chris Emanuel asking Council to oppose development followed by Regional Councillor John Taylor who showed leadership in his words to the rest of Council. It was clear that residents of Newmarket feel as we do in Glenway and this was demonstrated by the “hundreds of emails from residents” received by Ward 3 Councillor, Jane Twinney.
Today begins our continuing work with the Town of Newmarket to fight and win at the OMB Hearing scheduled for next March. More than ever we will be relying on legal and planning expertise that has proved invaluable in creation and support of “the Principle of Development”.
We encourage all of you to please speak to your neighbours, friends and residents throughout Newmarket to support us with your emails, your presence at upcoming meetings and your financial donations. This will help to ensure we can move together strongly at the OMB.
There are some good reviews of the evening below and I encourage you to read them.
Read more from Chris Emanuel including his speech from last night:
Read more from Julia Li at yorkregion.com:
Read more from an eloquent Newmarket resident, Gordon Prentice who lives outside of our ward: