OMB supports development to move ahead – Phase 2 to determine to what this means

March 30, 2014 at 8:50 pm

To our fellow residents of Glenway:

As you are all now doubtless aware, this week ended on a very bad note for all of us when the adjudicator of the OMB Phase 1 Hearing ruled outright that development could take place in our neighbourhood, and, to add insult to injury, remarked that there should never have been any doubt about that.  To paraphrase her words, she stated that the Planning Act and the Growth Act already contemplated single developer applications which might alter a municipality’s Official Plan and allow them to add to intensification and alter any growth plan already underway.  She essentially chose to put this premise above the other text found in the various legislations which speak to the control of the growth plan falling to the municipality, and the decision of a municipality to locate growth where it chooses, and to equally choose where NOT to grow.

The adjudicator essentially blamed the Town for not acting on these lands much earlier  She specifically targeted Staff for not pro-actively assessing some key elements of the growth plan and refusal to determine the potential for these lands in the context of the Growth Plan.  In the adjudicator’s mind, the fact that Newmarket has been working towards its intensification plan (proposed, not actual development applications that easily exceed targeted growth) she took the approach that they were ‘out of compliance’ and as such, required to entertain these development applications.  So in essence, we are all being bulldozed by a process that clearly favours development and intensification over all.

So now that we are left with the cold reality that our Open Space will now be developed, where does that leave us as we move towards Phase 2?  At this point, we are not certain, but we plan on attending the Committee of the Whole meeting on this coming Monday to engage the Town Council in what next steps could be involved.  Throughout this process we appreciate the Town standing with us on this issue, and we look forward to the same collaboration moving into Phase 2.

The GPA executive will also be reconvening to further discuss what our options might be.  As we formulate our next steps we are open to your suggestions and ideas, as we are working for you.

Phase 2 will begin either the week of April 15 or the week of April 21 (after Easter Monday).  This will be confirmed soon.

Some initial actions we have already taken include the following:

  1. We have ceased our engagement with our lawyer and planner (for obvious reasons).  This means that we need to sort out with the Town how we remain a ‘Party’ to Phase 2, without having a lawyer speaking for us during the proceedings.
  2. We need to ensure that any ideas or wishes we might have with respect to mitigating some of the current development proposal, are championed by the Town on our behalf.  At this point, we are not certain how that will work.

Suggested actions to residents:

  1. We encourage people to get involved with the secondary growth plan process now underway, and the public meeting coming up.  We have learned that we can’t sit back and expect our Town planning staff and elected officials to protect our interests—we need to have a voice and influence at the early stages.
  2. Please continue to let the elected officials know that we expect the Town to be assertive on Phase 2 (not just throw in the towel).  Send them emails, letters and phone calls detailing your specific issues.

While we reflect on our next steps, we would also like to share in the deep disappointment we all feel for being swept aside to the curb as we were last week.  The look of our neighbourhood will never be the same. 

We only hope that what made this community so strong in the first place, you our neighbours – will remain to keep it so!

Reminder to any resident wishing to attend OMB Hearing that begins March 17th

March 13, 2014 at 10:35 am

The OMB Hearing is now upon us.  Starting on Monday (March 17) we will be engaged beginning with our Principle of Development argument against Marianneville Developments to protect our community from unnecessary development.

We are ready and our arguments are strong

If you wish to attend any part of the Hearing, you are welcome to.  As the Town’s solicitor noted, this is the equivalent of a court case with full legal decorum required in the room, so please note that we’ll all have to be on our best behaviour.

 Visit our Events for details:  http://preserveglenway.ca/?ai1ec_event=omb-hearing-on-glenway-starts&instance_id=

We will update you as soon as any key events occur.

To have success at the OMB hearing we need your financial support!

March 8, 2014 at 2:30 pm

GPA Mar 4th Meeting

Thanks to everyone inside Glenway and the rest of Newmarket that have given their support to preserve Glenway’s community value and protect our Town’s limited precious green space.

 

Resident efforts help defend Newmarket’s Official Plan to better control development decisions in our communities.

 
 The opening video from our March 7th meeting: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VueLGkRG-O4 
   

How your donations have already helped:

  • Provided the Town with a strong planning argument – resulting in a 9-0 vote against the development applications
  • Helped structure the OMB Hearing into 2 phases where the principle of development will be front and center as Phase 1
  • Created a plan of action for the OMB Hearing process that begins March 17th
  • Helped the Town secure their planner who will support and expand our argument during the Hearing process

 

What you heard from our latest community update meeting:

  • We have a great chance to win on the Principle of Development argument (do we need to build or not?)
  • This returns control of development back to the Town for decision making based on Newmarket’s Official Plan and review process
  • If the OMB wants to proceed directly to Phase 2 before a decision can be reached we can still apply the argument of the principle of development to each technical issue raised

 

How do we see this playing out and the investment required:

  • Witness statement and hearing preparation:  12 hours planning/10 hours legal
  • Phase 1 will be up to 2 weeks, or approximately $ 20,000 per full week
  • Phase 2 is scheduled a further 4 weeks however we will limit or eliminate our paid representation for that part of the hearing
  • To satisfy our needs as a community at the OMB we need another $26,000 (now less than $20,000 based on the last few days)

 

What we need from you as soon as possible:

1.    Buy an hour of Planner’s time with a donation of $200
                                              OR
2.    Buy a ½ hour of Lawyer’s time with a donation of $150
                                              OR
3.    Buy a 1/2 hour or 1/4 hour Planner’s time with a donation of $100 or $50 respectively

 

Email us at contact@preserveglenway.ca and we will come by to pick up your cheque
or  donate on-line at DONATE NOW

 

We have a track record for success now.      We are so close!  

Let’s make this happen together!