OMB Hearing For Compatibility
The developers got to develop around the town .We got to Preserve Maintain and Enhance the Old Town That the deal of the Sec Plan. That's the deal I will honour.
Our fight for compatibility was in essence, to preserve the small-town character of Stouffville, which is the mandate and vision of our Secondary Plan. We were in essence, trying to make the council realize and hold them responsible to their mandate. The Planning Department entered in to an arrangement with the developer for a land transfer and failed to honor the commitment made previously to the residents of the Southside of Rose Ave. to maintain compatible lot sizes, which was defined by the planning manager as equal footage to the pre-existing subdivision layout. (Remember the fight for compatible lot size all around town)
The Council was informed by the planning manager that the likelihood of us succeeding at the OMB was minimal. What they where not informed of was that if the Council supported the Committee of Adjustment, and the Residents and Planning Department agreed with that in accordance with the provisions of our Secondary Plan. Then we would have every advantage in succeeding.
By Preferring to take the rights of 1 builder over the needs of the neighbourhood and community (as mandated in our Secondary Plan), instead of preserving our older neighbourhoods, they have offered them to the development industry to carve up and destroy their ambience at the expense of young families and seniors and Our Town Character and anybody else who values what Old Stouffville has to offer. We have all seen, what resulted there. That was supposed to be a bungalow compatible to the other bungalows in the area. There is no bungalow like that in the area, in the town, in the country! By its definition that is not a bungalow. That's a blunder by our Planning Department. A failure to understand the English-language. When we asked the Council to take responsibility, they chose to cover-up the mistake at the expense of the Neighborhood and Town. What does that say about integrity?
And yes it was my house, my neighbourhood, my farmhouse, my woods, my creeks, my school, MY Town! One of my first jobs was Memorial Park maintenance; I have a propriety sense about it. It was just the Park back then Just like the Old Town Hall Theatre was just that. No more (Developer) naming games please!
That is the state of affairs. That is your choice Make you needs known and hold them accountable!
Realize your responsibility and vote for change. Don’t let this waste continue. This devastation, this seeming lack of understanding the fundamentals of our existence on this earth. We used to call it just plain commonsense. But even that phrase has been redefined lately.
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