Ms. Mastrodicasa’s deputation, Committee of the Whole, Nov 26, 2013, 7 pm, Item #2 (File 26.3)

Committee of the Whole (Public Hearing)
Tuesday November 26th, 2013 at 7 pm
Item 2. Draft Concord GO Centre Secondary Plan (File 26.3)

Deputation by Ms. Josephine Mastrodicasa, President, Concord West Ratepayers Association:

Good evening.  Madam Chairman, Members of Council, ladies and gentlemen: My name is Josephine Mastrodicasa and I speak on behalf of the Concord West Ratepayers Association.  As you all know, we have been to numerous meetings, we have heard numerous explanations and have been offered numerous comments, however, the problems still remain.  Basically, it’s the disruption this project will create for the residents of our neighbourhood with respect to the traffic gridlock alone, which will be unmanageable.

Using the calculations provided in our package [of documents for this meeting], I note that there are 3,953 residential apartments [in the proposed development].  That’s without any added ones – including the people that spoke to you this evening that want more density.  This alone will give us 3,000 vehicles based on 1.5 vehicles per family.  It also states that there’s 58,518 square meters of professional buildings.  Using the ratio of 1 person per 100 square feet, that would make it 6,300 people.  I assume that’s 6,000 vehicles?  Keep in mind, professional buildings are offices, government offices, you name it.  How many people go to a doctor’s office?  How many people go to get their licence renewed?  How much parking would that require?  There’s also almost 20,000 square meters of commercial space, 175,000 square feet.  Using the rule of thumb from the City of Vaughan, 6 parking spaces for every 100 square meters – another 10,500 cars.  We’re talking 20,000 vehicles on Highway 7 between Centre Street and the bridge.  So, let’s recap.  20,000 vehicles to be added to the influx that we presently have – which you can’t move.  This is on this development alone.  How about the south side of Highway 7?  What’s going to happen?  How many more vehicles?  Now we have Husky [ed. whose representative gave a deputation requesting rezoning the Husky property for higher-density development].  We have the man who would like high rises at the corner of Hillside and Highway 7 [ed. this was another deputation].  And this will go on.  Wow.  Can you imagine 20,000 cars on that little stretch of roadway?  Have you driven by there lately?  Can you imagine this?  What kind of quality of life will the residents in our area have?  Walking will be the only means of traveling, if you can manage to squeeze under the railway bridge underpass.  Once again, confusing.  This was a heritage bridge, now it’s a bridge of interest and tonight, it’s owned by Metrolinx.  Unbelievable.  I’ve heard so many different versions. Tonight is the first time we hear about Metrolinx.

So, on behalf of the Concord West Ratepayers Association, we beg the Committee and Council to rethink the approval of this project until such time as the road infrastructure is in place to accommodate the present vehicular traffic and the added traffic created by the proposed development.  Furthermore, we stress, once again, that the entry into the new development must be from the north side of the property and not the south side as presently shown.  For the people that will be using the public transit, we encourage a walkway to the south side of the Floral lands property to Highway #7.  This will provide all the new residents and visitors that use the future, contemplated, public transportation system that would be available to them on Highway #7.  That is: as it stands right now, no further development should be approved until there’s a way and means of going up across Highway #7.  Thank you.

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