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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:  http://chrisemanuel.com/blog/

 Also the Era Banner has picked up the story at:  http://www.yorkregion.com/news-story/4140096-staff-recommends-rejecting-glenway-settlement-offer/


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:  http://chrisemanuel.com/blog/2013/10/3/newmarket-issues-planning-report-recommends-to-deny-original.html


and a link to the complete report   http://chrisemanuel.com/storage/NOV25PLANNINGREPORT.pdf


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    ljeffrey.mpp@liberal.ola.org
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
17th Floor
777 Bay Street
Toronto, Ontario M5G 2E5

Frank Klees MPP     fklees@frank-klees.on.ca

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


What Newmarket residents are saying about the Settlement Offer

August 31, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Our Ward 7 Councillor, Chris Emanuel, has posted on his Blog (http://chrisemanuel.com/blog) the Settlement Offer made by Marianneville Developments to the Town of Newmarket

Councillor Emanuel does a good job of providing a “simplified description” of the “Settlement Offer” but stops there.  No comment is made as Newmarket’s Planning Staff is “still in the process” of reviewing the original (May 22, 2012) proposal and subsequent details at this point and need to understand the net differenece in this offer. 

There are some obvious consequences and liabilities that face ALL residents in Newmarket if accepted as is.  We are making our own initial statement in a separate post and email blast to our residents so please look for this. 

From Gordon Prentice – Shrink Slessor Square

Glenway Settlement Offer


Created on Thursday, 29 August 2013 12:56
Written by Gordon Prentice

Mariannville Developments, the swashbuckling outfit that wants to build 730 dwellings on the fairways and putting greens of the former Glenway golf course, has published its “settlement offer”.

It is as toxic as a dose of anthrax and should be rejected.

Councillors should throw everything they’ve got, and more, into the marathon 8 week long OMB hearing scheduled for March 2014.

The settlement offer set out in the letter from Mariannville’s lawyer, Ira Kagan, could hardly be more disdainful or imperious in tone. (Ward 7 councillor, Chris Emanuel, who represents the Glenway neighbourhood, helpfully posts the details on his website.)

The blustering showman, Ira Kagan, who wants us to believe he has the whip hand, requires the Town to somersault at his command.

He insists Town staff present a report to councillors by November 2013 containing “recommendations” on whether or not to accept or reject the offer. A report without recommendations is not acceptable.

He stipulates that the Town must allocate sanitary sewer and water capacity for 730 units “forthwith” after approving this settlement.

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A few more Public Responses posted to “Preserve Glenway” on Facebook 

The Glenway Preservation Association has been inindated with reposnses to our website email and Facebook site.  A growing number of Newmarket residents have posted the duplicate on our Facebook page.  I am certain you will enjoy hearing from your neighbours living inside Glenway and one of the number of residents not living in Glenway that share our concerns on preserving open green space, defending our Town’s Official Plan as the vision and growth plan for Newmarket and protecting our taxpayer dollars on contrary and costly development that satisfies only Develoer’s interests.

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The GPA’s view of recent Settlement Offer to Town for the Glenway property

August 31, 2013 at 10:46 am

First, thanks to the many who went out of your way to both review and then submit some very pointed and specific comments to the entire Town Council outlining your objections to the latest settlement offer proposed by Marianneville Developments.  Also, an overwhelming number of residents have commented to us individually that after reviewing the offer they were not fooled at all by the negative impact this would cause to our community and to the Town.

As we realize that many of you are seeking an official response from the GPA to this offer, we have prepared one which will form the foundation of any discussion with both the Town and any media that might want to discuss this with us.  Our basic response is as follows:

‘Prior to receiving comments on their proposal currently before the Town of Newmarket and the OMB, Marianneville Developments has made public a ‘without prejudice’ settlement offer to the Town and also made it available to the Glenway community for our review and consideration.  On behalf of the community, the Glenway Preservation Association remains completely opposed to both development proposals that this company has made.  Neither of the two versions in any way supports the need and appropriateness to develop this property and go against the existing Town plan.   In fact, the latter ‘offer’ raises even more questions (and costs to the Town) than the first proposal which is still currently under review. 
We also encourage, in the strongest terms, that our Council’s  voices strongly oppose this.   At the same time, we (residents of Newmarket, our Town Council, the staff and planners) must continue to work on the vision of Newmarket’s secondary growth plan and ensure that it include  a vision of what our open green space could represent for the Newmarket of 2026 and beyond.
There are many issues buried within this latest offer but the bottom line remains the same as always:

Neither proposal addresses in any way why the Newmarket Official Plan and the planned secondary growth for Newmarket should be amended to accommodate a complex infill project imposed on a stable residential neighbourhood with zoned open green space, which we see serving a pivotal role in the vision of Newmarket’s growth plan.

We count on the support of all Glenway residents,  the people of Newmarket, and especially, those elected and employed by them, our Town Council,  to refuse to accept these development proposals which defy our Town’s Official Plan and fail to address the vision of the future of what these lands should represent to our future community.’

          Glenway Preservation Association Executive

Era Banner on “Settlement Offer” – comments are interesting read!

August 30, 2013 at 3:08 pm

Glenway developer proposes smaller buildings

by Julie Le published on August 26, 2013 on YorkRegion.com

A settlement offer has been sent to the Town of Newmarket over the Glenway development proposal.

Marianneville Developments Limited made the offer public with 13 listed revisions and conditions to try to avoid a potentially costly and lengthy fight at the Ontario Municipal Board.

Changes to the plans include limiting some building heights, having landscaping buffers and revising the mix of dwelling units to 184 single-detached homes, 219 townhouses, 297 apartments and 30 detached bungalows.

In other words – a shuffling of the deck to benefit the Developer’s pocket book

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Glenway developer offers Newmarket olive branch

by ERA Banner published on August 29, 2013 on YorkRegion.com

A settlement offer from developers of the Glenway proposal doesn’t go far enough, one citizen group that’s against the development said after reviewing the list of 13 revisions and conditions made in an effort to avoid a potentially costly and lengthy fight at the Ontario Municipal Board.

“It’s just shuffling the deck chairs on the Titanic,” Glenway Preservation Association vice-president Dave Sovran said, noting residents expected as much, but the anger that has been boiling over since the offer was made public has given them more reason to forge ahead in their fight against the development.

The offer still contradicts the official plan and doesn’t offer much in terms of compromise, he added.

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A big, resounding “good work” to all those attending the OMB hearing today – August 7th

August 7, 2013 at 5:39 pm

It was heartwarming to find out that the meeting this morning had to be moved because so many attended.  Way to go Newmarket!

Here is a link to our councillor; Chris Emanuel’s update on the meeting today:

update on OMB

We are now very much engaged in this battle for our community and we are looking for everyone to get behind your GPA and show your support.  Attend meetings, write your councillors, mayor and every councillor in the town, your MPP and your Premier!  Donate to the cause what you can – we need legal help!   Post a lawn sign – volunteer – like our Facebook Page, https://www.facebook.com/PreserveGlenway  and comment –

Lets make it happen –


Mayor Tony Van Bynen – mayor@newmarket.ca

Regional Councillor John Taylor – jtaylor@newmarket.ca

Councillor Tom Vegh – tvegh@newmarket.ca

Councillor Dave Kerwin – dkerwin@newmarket.ca

Councillor Jane Twinney – jtwinney@newmarket.ca

Councillor Tom Hempen – thempen@newmarket.ca

Councillor Joe Sponga – jsponga@newmarket.ca

Councillor Maddie DiMuccio – mdimuccio@newmarket.ca

Councillor Chris Emanuel – cemanuel@newmarket.ca

Clerks Department – clerks@newmarket.ca

MPP – Frank Klees  fklees@frank-klees.on.ca

Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing,   Linda Jeffrey   – ljeffrey.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

We are coming to your door with a Lawn Sign! – August 7th OMB hearing at town offices and What Losing Lifestyle Value Really Means

July 19, 2013 at 10:47 am

We are coming to your door with a Lawn Sign!

lawn sign

Join other Glenway residents in the lawn sign distribution campaign starting in July and extending into August.  Dates and times TBD.

Email Deb Pope at gpafundraising@hotmail.com if you are interested in details and want to participate.
Just let us know with an email to contact@preserveglenway.ca and we will get one to you promptly.      Everyone who wants to show their support will receive a lawn sign.  There is no cost, but we are asking for a donation to support our legal defence fund.

What losing lifestyle value really means – a new Glenway Resident’s experience!

We just moved in to this beautiful neighbourhood and still unpacking.  We came from Tehran, once a stunning green and garden-full city laying in the down skirts of towering Alborz Mountains.  Eventually, the gardens vanished and were replaced by steels and bricks.  Lovely large houses with gorgeous gardens with old plane trees and fruit trees were demolished and destructed and instead, 4-5 story apartment buildings were constructed to settle new residents, more cars, less blue sky.  Now Tehran is well known for its pollution, a city that my family were banned to live in due to serious health issues.

What happened there was simple to identify: mismanagement by officials and abuse by constructors.  I would never want to believe what happened in the past 70 years in a developing country (yet to be developed) would ever happen now, here in Canada.

Please send us a lawn sign to show our sympathy with the rest of our neighbours.


Fairway Gardens.
ed. note:   All around town I see signs that say Newmarket was voted into the top 10 Canadian places to live.  Newmarket has always prided itself on its greenspace (a key factor in determining livability of a city) and has always counted Glenway Golf Course as part of that green space and recreational land.    This developer is taking away beauty, charm, livability and recreation from all Newmarket residents.




Reminder:  OMB pre hearing at town offices on August 7th!   set that aside and plan to attend

also:  fundraiser and golf day: August 17th, all proceeds going towards keeping Glenway green!