GPA asks WHY! – The Town hasn’t applied the “Principles of Development”

October 31, 2013 at 8:29 pm

Thank you for your Support of the GPA Golf Tournament

October 24, 2013 at 10:03 am

Thanks golf tourneyWe had a successful community Golf Tournament on September 28th at Carrying Place Golf Club. 

The weather was amazing!  The food was yummmmy!  The prizes were fabulous (even I won something) and the golfers had a excellent time!  

All of this was in part due to our excellent group of Sponsors.

 We take this opportunity to say thank you for your generous support!

Deputation – October 15, 2013 Glenway Preservation Association to Town of Newmarket Council

October 21, 2013 at 5:10 pm

First, I would like to thank Crossland Church for making this venue available tonight to serve the needs of Council and the Glenway Community.  And to Council, thank-you for this opportunity and allowing us to present an important perspective through our expert planner, Nick McDonald.

We have been pleased to be an on-going part of this discussion with Council. 

Residents of the Glenway community have invested significantly in time, after-tax dollars and personal sacrifice, to have a voice in this matter.

We have not opposed development in our general community where proper planning has occurred (ie. McGregor Farm) and despite the increased densities associated with the proposed Secondary plan for the Yonge/Davis corridors, and the inevitable impacts which will affect our community, we continue to constructively participate in that planning process.

However, as stated by our expert planner, we have strong concerns with the absence of a Town-led, community involved planning process on this file.

We expected to hear confirmation of the many technical deficiencies in the application and without prejudice offer and were pleased to see the first two recommendations recommending that they be rejected.

However, we are extremely disappointed with the lack of any cohesive planning discussion on WHY THESE LANDS NEED TO BE DEVELOPED, AND/OR TO WHAT EXTENT.

READ Christina Bisanz’s entire deputation:  Bisanz GPA deputation Oct 15 13


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IMPORTANT UPDATE – Town Report Rejects Development of Glenway

October 7, 2013 at 7:02 pm

PLAN TO ATTEND A TOWN MEETING ABOUT GLENWAY,  OCT. 15 AT 7pm at Crossland Church, 47 Millard Avenue West

Late last week, the Town of Newmarket planning staff released a report that recommends to Council that they reject both the original Glenway application for development and the Settlement Offer made by Marianneville Development due to a series of unresolved technical issues

This is significant and positive first step for all Glenway residents as the Town staff acknowledged the obvious shortcomings of the development proposal and settlement offer. 

GPA view:

Despite the clear recommendations in the report that Council reject both the original Glenway application as well as the settlement offer, based on serious technical issues, it leaves the door open by  recommending that Staff continue to negotiate with the proponent to resolve these issues prior to the OMB hearing.   In other words, it invites them to re-design our neighbourhood with us having NO say in this and by disregarding our current Official Plan and Secondary Growth Plan. 

This report does not at all adequately consider the ‘principle of development’ argument and the option Council has to oppose this particular application because they have already conformed to the planning requirements of the Region and the Province.  Failing to take this approach will block the community out of the planning process and eliminate the opportunity we have to enter the Glenway property into a proper Town planning process. 


 Knowing how high profile this file is, Council has added an extra meeting of Newmarket Council in order to allow residents to engage our elected officials in a Question and Answer session with respect to the implications of this report. It is important to note that NO decisions will be made at this session; it will however allow us to better understand where we stand and to further emphasize issues critical to our community.

 The Council decision on next steps (ie. to vote to fight the application at the OMB) is still scheduled for November 25 at Newmarket Theatre.

 To read more please go to Ward 7 Councillor Chris Emanuel’s blog:

 Also the Era Banner has picked up the story at:


Important Update, New Dates,Town Council, OMB

October 3, 2013 at 5:36 pm

Newmarket Town Planning staff released their report today with recommendations to reject the proposed development.

Here is a link to Chris Emanuel’s blog with details:


and a link to the complete report


Key Dates:

From C. Emanuel’s website:  ”  The ultimate vote on council to support, reject or amend the recommendations from our planners will take place on November 25th, 2013 at the Newmarket Theatre at 7pm.

However, we have added an extra meeting for Council, residents, or interested parties to seek clarity on details on Tuesday October 15th at 7pm – This meeting will be taking place at the Crossland Church @ 47 Millard Avenue W.   “……

”  the next scheduled OMB pre-hearing date is December 10th 2013 with a full hearing scheduled for March 3rd with an 8 week block set aside.  ”

Now, more than ever, is a good time to act.  Write your Councillor, Mayor, MPP, Minister, and even MP and be heard!

Have a say in your community!

Hon Linda Jeffrey – Contact Information
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
17th Floor
777 Bay Street
Toronto, Ontario M5G 2E5

Frank Klees MPP

Newmarket-Aurora Hunters Gate
14845 Yonge St Suite 201
Aurora ON L4G 6H8
Tel: 905-750-0019
Fax: 905-750-0050