The following is a perspective from a non-Glenway resident who is part of the group who is fighting to Shrink the Slessor Square development proposal. It accurately conveys how strong our Glenway residents and the town residents who attended are opposed to the proposed Glenway development application.
by Gordon Prentice published on January 8, 2012 on ShrinkSlessorSquare.ca
Newmarket Theatre is bursting at the seams as I arrive for the Glenway meeting just before 7pm.
The doors are barred.
No more room!
We are ushered to the overflow room, the cavernous High School cafeteria, which is filling up rapidly.
Glenway people are turning out in force for this “Statutory Public Meeting” called to discuss the future of their neighbourhood.
by Teresa Latchford published on January 10, 2012 on YorkRegion.com
The numbers show the proposed Glenway development isn’t needed to meet a provincial growth target. Newmarket has a population of 85,000 and the Places to Grow Act expects that number to grow to 98,000 by 2026, meaning the town needs to have room for about 13,000 new people, according to Ward 7 Councillor Chris Emanuel.
The town’s official plan and secondary official plan designates housing in the northwest, southeast and other periodic areas in town will accommodate 7,000 people, leaving the town with 6,000 people for whom to find room. That growth is to be accommodated along the Yonge Street and Davis Drive corridors, which will, in turn, support the rapid transit system currently under construction. The Slessor Square development is expected to provide accommodation for 1,300 people, the two buildings approved at the corner of Yonge and Davis will yield living space for 1,150 and buildings proposed at Yonge and Millard Avenue will house another 700 people. “Just three parcels (of land) get us halfway there and we’re being told we need help to hit our target,” he said. “I’m sorry, but the numbers just tell a different story.”
Newmarket residents want town council to stick to its official plan when it comes to the proposed Glenway development.
More than 600 people turned out for a public planning meeting last night, with 400 packing the Newmarket Theatre seats and the rest watching the meeting on a big screen in an overflow room at Newmarket High School. The message from residents and the Glenway Preservation Association was clear — it’s an application that doesn’t fit with the town’s official plan and should be rejected.
by Courtney Heels CTV Barrie – Jan 9th
Even though the segment was cut really short and only specific points were telecast this is a sign of how much noise is being created on Glenway. Important points that were referred to were:
- the proposed application doesn’t conform to the Official Plan
- green space is precious and supports a healthy community lifestyle especially since much of the Town’s growth is anticipated around Yonge & Davis
- the developer’s representative refers to a vague 2051 York Region vision of 1.8M residents but not the fact that York Region and the Town of Newmarket are on track for targeted growth. In fact, Newmarket is well ahead of its York Region’s growth allocation
- the Town is currently going through the statutory process they are legally obliged on every application for development
- it is strongly anticipated that this fight will go to the OMB
- The Glenway Preservation Association and the Town will fight to defend the Official Plan against unwanted, not needed for growth, non-conforming development in Glenway
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by Teresa Latchford published on January 8, 2012 on YorkRegion.com
Newmarket residents want town council to stick to its official plan when it comes to the proposed Glenway development. More than 600 people turned out for a public planning meeting last night, with 400 packing the Newmarket Theatre seats and the rest watching the meeting on a big screen in an overflow room at Newmarket High School. The message from residents and the Glenway Preservation Association was clear — it’s an application that doesn’t fit with the town’s official plan and should be rejected.
Glenway Proposal and the Statutory Public Meeting on Jan 7th
by John Taylor published in current newsletter on www.johntaylornewmarket.ca
The Kerbel Group has had a Glenway Development Proposal in the public realm for over a year now. Earlier this year they submitted a complete application to the Town of Newmarket which triggered a required statutory public meeting at which any member of the public can express concerns or opinions on the proposal.
It is well know that there is strong public opposition to the proposal. The Glenway Preservation Association has outlined their specific concerns and a strong general opposition to the proposal. At a meeting over a year ago I stated clearly that I do not support the Glenway Development Proposal. I think that the hundreds of homes that back on to the Glenway Golf Course had no reason to believe their beautiful back yards and views would end up looking straight into someone else’s back yard. If this development was proposed for my back yard I can assure you that I would be extremely unhappy. Furthermore, the proposal is contrary to our Official Plan which designates the affected area as parks and open space and Newmarket does not need this development to meet its required growth targets
There has been a lot of misinformation regarding the need for developing Glenway to meet the Town’s growth targets. The facts are this is just another rumour being spread to support the profit motivations of developers. The truth is the Town of Newmarket developed its Official Plan and subsequent Secondary Growth Plan to accomodate provincial growth targets. The follow blog discussing the facts.
CRUNCHING THE NUMBERS: WHY WE DON’T NEED GLENWAY TO HIT OUR GROWTH TARGETS
by Chris Emanuel published on January 3, 2013 on ChrisEmanuel.com
Is Glenway needed to help Newmarket achieve its mandated growth targets? Simply – No
There has been much discussion lately in the media and social media about whether the proposed Glenway development is needed to hit our provincially mandated growth targets imposed by the Places to Grow legislation. In fact, it’s the argument made by the proponent of the development and by many who support unrestrained growth in our community.
I believe this notion is flawed and oversimplified. I felt the need to address this argument with some simple facts and basic arithmetic. Apologies in advance if this exercise in math is a bit of a snooze…