Signed in as:
AWRA was dismayed at the Oct. 13 Ontario Land Tribunal Hearing when inaccurate information presented by the Appellant's Expert Witness was entered into evidence.
Read AWRA's letter (below) which requests that the City's lawyers correct this so the Tribunal is not misled and a dangerous precedent is not set.
To AWRA's surprise, the 'settlement' agreement presented Oct. 13 at the Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT)* Hearing keeps the developer's proposal unchanged in all aspects that matter.
The 'settlement' retains the developer's proposal of a maximum of 19 storeys and 2.9 FSI density, thereby setting higher standards for height and a much higher density. As well, there are other design factors, including built form, an excessive number of units, and reduced commercial/retail space, that altogether result in an overdevelopment of the site (as described by the City of Markham urban planning Expert Witness Statement).**
In addition, the evidence presented by the developer to support their position includes unsubstantiated claims and factual errors that need to be addressed:
AWRA does not support the 'settlement' because:
The City of Markham capitulated without a fight on all key aspects, except for a "holding provision" which will delay 'shovels in the ground' for another 18-24 months until the lack of sanitary capacity has been addressed.
AWRA is assessing the situation and considering next steps to change this outcome.
We thank you for your continued support. Residents' interest in this case was noticed by the OLT Tribunal members due to their large virtual presence at the hearing.
**City of Markham urban planning expert firm, Allan Ramsay Planning Associates, Inc. His Expert Witness Statement says: “107. The Proposed OPA and Proposed ZBA would permit an overdevelopment of the site, are
not in keeping with the character of the area and will be incompatible with the existing and planned uses located adjacent to the site.”
For more information on the Thornhill Square
Proposal & Settlement
click on the links below:
If the settlement agreement reached by Timbercreek/Hazelview and the City of Markham for Thornhill Square is not changed, the results for John and Bayview (not counting other developments, proposed and under construction) will include many more residential units, people, and cars. Also, there will be, on a system already operating at capacity, "a net overall reduction of between 17% and 25% in retail and services, concurrent with a projected area population increase of 10%." This proposal shows no consideration for the needs of the community, which will effectively see the area's livability significantly reduced.
Based on publicly available data, our calculations show a significant reduction and
degradation in service levels that threaten the future livability in our community:
* 20% reduction in existing grocery store space which will limit the variety and
quantity of items offered
* 18% reduction in existing office space where many professional services are
* 17% reduction in other existing retail space
Regardless of the calculation base and/or minor variances in percentages, the net result of the current development proposal, as admitted by the Appellant’s representatives during the Statutory Public Meeting on March 22, 2022, is a substantial reduction to current service levels.
Map of AWRA Boundaries created by Bill Hertha.
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We are looking for people to help us carry out actions and/or review proposal documents, and/or watch and report on Markham Council meetings.
Disclaimer: Several of the Images used on the above webpage come from Development application documents submitted to the City of Markham under PLAN 20 130784, City of Markham reports and submissions to OLT-22-003917, and other publicly available documents, including McCor Management's Thornhill Square brochure.