May 23, 2012
For Immediate Release
The Glenway Preservation Association (GPA), an organization representing ratepayers in Newmarket’s Glenway subdivision is preparing to tackle head-on, plans to destroy some of the Town’s last remaining open green space. The GPA was advised yesterday May 22 on that Town planning staff had deemed complete the application submitted by Marianneville Developments a consortium including the Kerbel Group, Andrin Homes, Lakeview Homes, and the Brown Group of Companies to develop more than one-half of the existing Glenway golf course with an additional 730 housing units and commercial use including a potential gas station.
This sets the stage for consideration of the application by Newmarket Town Council. “The developer claims that its plan to almost double the existing housing in Glenway with 730 new units will “revitalize” the subdivision,” notes Ron Kassies, chair of the GPA. “ In reality, the people who already live in and love this community see it as an evisceration of our environment and neighbourhood values,” he said.
The GPA fully supports maintenance of the Glenway golf course as “Parks and Open Space as defined by the Town of Newmarket’s Official Plan. “The Official Plan was developed with considerable input from the people who live in Newmarket,” said Mr. Kassies. “Residents purchased their houses in Glenway because they were attracted to the green space setting afforded by the course. We believe that the developer has little regard to the negative impact this will have on all people in Newmarket. Once this green space is paved over, it’s gone forever,” he added.
In the coming weeks, the GPA plans to meet with individual Town Councillors to assess their position on the development proposal, and support for maintaining the integrity of the Official Plan. Approval of the application will require a significant amendment to the Official Plan, something that the GPA plans to fight against. “We’re prepared to do what it takes to defend our neighbourhood,” says Mr. Kassies, including seeing this matter to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).
Specifically, the GPA believes that the 730 housing units will:
• eliminate a substantial portion of Newmarket’s already scarce green space by adding 50% more housing into the front 12 holes of the existing golf course,
• potentially add another 750-1500 more vehicles to the local neighbourhood, with more traffic intersections, and a significant spill-over of traffic into the Town,
• create capacity challenges at the elementary and secondary schools in Newmarket, and
• add more servicing costs and longer delays for everything from garbage pickup to fixing sewers, throughout Newmarket.
The Glenway Preservation Association is a united group of homeowners that has organized to preserve and protect the existing open green-space and neighbourhood values associated with the Glenway community. The group has already collecting signatures from over 1,500 people throughout Newmarket, in its petition opposing the development. In addition to keeping residents informed on the issue on its website www.preserveglenway.ca/ the GPA will hold public meetings, and will raise awareness at local events such as the Farmers Market.
“Community groups are typically the David standing up to the developer’s Goliath”, noted Mr. Kassies. “We stand firm in our belief that this development is not needed to support Newmarket’s growth plans, and will be detrimental to the integrity of our Town in the long run,” he said. Newmarket residents and others interested in supporting the GPA are encouraged to do so, and join the mailing list at http://www.preserveglenway.ca/index.php/committees/8-geninquiry.
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