My Plan for Reasonable Growth, Not Over Development

by | Sep 26, 2018

  • protect low density neighbourhoods from inappropriate intensification (as promised when the new Official Plan discussion began) by amending the OP to remove townhouses from low density neighbourhoods (permitted everywhere except in the two character areas: Roseland and Indian Point, which also don’t allow semis). The current mayor voted for this type of intensification in established neighbourhoods.
  • protect the Aldershot neighbourhoods of Queen Mary and Clearview from overintensification by moving the Mobility Hub boundary to exclude this area. The current mayor voted against moving the boundary.
  • ensure a buttoned-down legal game plan and full-throated support for our exisiting Official Plan if development applications are appealed, to secure more wins like Oakville has gotten. We need to focus on great development, and go to bat for it, rather than adopt the watered-down and oft-repeated speculative position of mere “defensibility.” We must make our case, not merely settle.
  • protect the charm and character of downtown from overintensification and unlivable congestion by amending the new OP to retain existing lower heights. We can meet provincial growth targets under our existing OP. The new Plan (supported by the current mayor) calls for up to 30 high rise towers in the downtown.
  • work with the province and Halton Region to remove the Urban Growth Centre and Mobility Hub designations from the downtown. The current mayor rejected a motion to remove these.
  • change the Urban Growth Centre boundaries downtown to exclude stable neighbourhood areas in St. Luke’s/Emerald.
  • initiate character area studies in St. Luke’s/Emerald neighbourhoods, as requested by the community; and other neighbourhoods that request one. The current mayor voted against a request for a character area study in St. Luke’s.
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