April 19, 2013
To: Newmarket Council
Re: Support for Councillor Twinneyʼs Resolution supporting the intent behind
On behalf of the Glenway community, we would like to express our appreciation for
your support of MPP Frank Kleesʼ Bill 41 which passed second reading yesterday
and will go on to committee for further discussion and reﬁnement.
We felt the discussion at Council accurately summarised our view of this bill in that it
represents an opportunity to raise the level of discussion and engagement around
the very important topic about ﬂaws in land use planning that negatively affect
municipal councils and their constituents.
At the same time, while we do not ﬁnd the Bill without ﬂaws, we, as you after your
action, support the intent behind what is trying to be achieved with it. There are
possibly other approaches to take to achieve some positive change regarding the
role of the OMB and the wording of the Places to Grow Act, but we have already
heard years of back and forth around these very issues without seeing any concrete
action until this Bill came forward. Given the urgency of the situation in Newmarket
and similar growing concern in other growth targeted communities, we feel the need
to show leadership and throw our support behind such an initiative without having all
the ﬁne details sorted out, and at this point without detailed input from the Townʼs
As you are aware, the Glenway Preservation Association has written to the mayors
in Ontario (speciﬁcally targeted in the Places to Grow as intensiﬁcation centres), the
Premier, and the Ministers of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Infrastructure and
Finance, to further enlist their openness to the intent behind this Bill and secure their
support to ﬁnd an all party solution which will meet the needs of so many residents
of this province who are being challenged by the way that some growth and
development is unfolding.
We believe that while property owners have the right to develop their property within
sound planning principles, we do not believe that property owners should be able to
exploit the Places to Grow Act objectives by creating intensiﬁcation projects
inconsistent with community interests, needs and vision.
As we all now must prepare for the signiﬁcant OMB challenge that lies ahead on this
Glenway ﬁle, we thank you again for your on-going support and look forward to
working collaboratively together to achieve a successful outcome which will involve
sparing community from unnecessary development and maintaining the open green
space which the Town will so desperately need and value as Newmarket continues
its dramatic growth in the coming years.