Town Council votes a unanimous NO to Glenway development

November 26, 2013 at 1:38 pm

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

Read more from an eloquent Newmarket resident, Gordon Prentice who lives outside of our ward:

The Whole 9 Yards Congratulations Newmarket! Congratulations Town Council!

November 26, 2013 at 9:43 am

9 of 9 Voted at last nights council meeting to take the fight to the OMB. They unanimously passed Councillor Chris Emanuel’s motion to contest the application on the principal that it does not fit in with the official plan and in fact strongly disrupts it.

Thank you to all the Councillors who spoke out for Newmarket including regional councillor Jonathan Taylor, Jane Twinney, a long time supporter, Dave Kerwin, Mayor Tony Van Bynen and all the council.

Thank you to the 600 or so residents who attended and to all those who spoke, emailed, etc….

Congratulations NEWMARKET


The most important meeting you will ever attend – Monday 7pm Newmarket Theatre

November 24, 2013 at 7:56 pm

Reminder:  Town Council Vote – Glenway Application

This is the time to voice your concerns to the Town’s Planning department and support our opposition to the application to re-develop Glenway!

We have seen many well written passionate letters (even subsequent follow-ups based on changing information which is excellent).  You have made a difference!  Continue to be that difference!

  • Bring yourself and your neighbours!  We had over 600 strong last time.
  • Bring your signed letter of concerns!  – or email it to

Remember you can have up to 5 minutes to read/present your specific concerns.  Read your letter!

Date:       MONDAY NOVEMBER 25, 2013

Location:  Newmarket Theatre (505 Pickering Cres) adjacent to Newmarket High School

Time:       7:00PM

Your attendance is a strong message.      Bring your neighbours!

Gingerbread House Gala – Awesome Evening!

November 24, 2013 at 3:56 pm

GPA Planner Report as part of In-Camera Presentation to Town Council

November 10, 2013 at 7:58 pm

On Monday, Nov. 4, Executive from the Glenway Preservation Association attended an in-camera session with Council and Staff, in order that our Planner, Nick McDonald present to them his detailed planning report on our behalf.  He also presented a critique of the Staff report which outlines our disappointment with the approach taken in the report by the Town’s planning consultant, a report which, in spite of our repeated requests, did not includei an analysis about why the Glenway lands need to be developed and why this development proposal fits within the Official Plan and the Town’s Secondary Growth Plan.   The Council had many questions for Nick and after we left, engaged in further discussion on what we proposed.  On November 25, they will be voting how to proceed.

 Our objective is to ensure that the Town demonstrates leadership on this issue and takes a clear stand to oppose the Marianneville application based on its failing to meet the principle of development.  To date, the Town has taken no stand and finds itself in a weak position until it does so.

Nick's reportIf the Town agrees with adopting the ‘principle of development’ approach, then both the Town and the Community will be united before the OMB making an even stronger argument in favour of declaring this application premature, and in changing the land-use planning around Glenway to a process which is led by the Town within the Official Plan process.

If the Town votes to mediate or negotiate an agreement, or to simply fight the application on technical grounds, we will see the developer run roughshod over the Council and negatively alter the face of the Glenway community forever. 

To help you better understand the details of the approach which we outlined in our last community meeting, we have uploaded a copy of the full report for you all to review.

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