Dr. Correa’s deputation, Committee of the Whole, Nov 26, 2013, 7 pm, Item #3 (File OP.07.013)

Committee of the Whole (Public Hearing)
Tuesday November 26th, 2013 at 7 pm
Item 3.  Official Plan Amendment, File OP.07.013
Liberty Development Corp,
Proposed development in the vicinity of Regional Road 7 and Keele Street

Deputation by Dr. Paulo Correa of the Concord West Ratepayers Association:

Good evening again.  My name is Dr. Paulo Correa.  I represent the Concord West Ratepayers Association.  I don’t want to reiterate what I’ve already said, but I do want to draw your attention to some aspects of this plan that are totally unacceptable, or should be totally unacceptable.  It’s clear now why we have that intersection in the middle of the curve. It’s not so much because of the tripartite hub to the south and the greenspace but because this has been a concept that’s been built into this development.  This development, as it stands, has three roads dumping onto Highway #7, at a curve, and at the same time will have the possibility of exiting through Ortona, a possibility that I strongly recommend to Council, to let them exit through Bowes Road.  So, really, this intersection and this concept of an avenue, it really is not warranted.  In fact, what is warranted is back to the integration of the services and the stations we were talking about earlier.  It’s to have that walkway that would connect the Transitway station to the proper location of the hub through the frontal part of this development as being, precisely, the commercial part.  Now, I’ve mentioned this to you before, that we suggested that whatever is the green space that is given back by the developer be actually used to protect the river valley.  Shall I draw your attention to the fact that the Concord Floral lands were originally partially private and then public and that through the previous government of Ontario, which is still the same government now, some deal was done that was never publically revealed, whereby those lands came to be sold and are now in the hands of the developer?  We had originally asked Premier McGuinty to protect those lands and to make them part, precisely, of the Bartley Smith Greenway.  All along, we have been fighting for the same things and getting nowhere.  For twenty years, and on this last round, four years.  So, please, this development that now places towers that go 31, 32 and 38 stories facing the river valley, this is the exact opposite of what it should be.  The more dense development should be to the north.  So, anyway, I don’t want to keep repeating myself.  You should definitely hold back any approval of development in here until we have figured out whether the hub is bipartite, tripartite, whether Metrolinx is going to get rid of that bridge or not, before you can make any decision, let alone allow here six blocks of the highest possible density, going up to 38 stories, on a place as sensitive as one of the few remaining river valleys in this part of Vaughan.  Now, the same applies, of course – and it’s not here, in the same file, in the private planner’s program – to the proposed zoning to the south side.  That’s totally unacceptable.  It’s right on top of the river intersection of the two tributaries.  Lastly, I would like to say to you that, because it wasn’t clear to us, to none of us in our community, that this file was coming up as a separate item: I know that Mr. Alfredo Mastrodicasa’s letter (his wife is here, so you can probably confirm) was intended to address this development, so you should make sure that that little clerical problem is made clear.  Our interventions are for Item 2 and Item 3, Madam Chair.  And likewise, I would like to point out that I hope that all of you members have seen the document that the Concord West Ratepayers Association has presented, because when we arrived it wasn’t here and then, after I talked with the Assistant Clerk, John Britto, the copies suddenly appeared.  But I know that most of the people sitting here didn’t have it.  Thank you very much.

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