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For years AWRA has been lobbying for the creation of a comprehensive development plan for Thornhill Centre (a.k.a. Bayview-John area) which the Markham Official Plan portraits as a "Local Centre" and we believe to become the “heart” of the Markham-Thornhill community.
The Mayor in the 2022 Markham inaugural speech promised the creation of a new vision for the Bayview-John Precinct (click here to watch a clip of key statements)
Supported by the Mayor, Ward 1 Councilor Keith Irish presented a motion to start a visioning exercise (see Feb 6 Thornhill Centre Vision Motion)
AWRA supported the motion and suggested more work need to be done to better define the scope and outcomes which the Development Services Committee welcomed incorporating a request for Urban Planning Staff to present a detailed proposal by end of Q2/2024
Thornhill Square is a key component in the creation of a urban development vision for the Bayview & John area
On Feb 5th, 2024 AWRA sent a formal letter to Council Rejecting Thornhill Square Settlement Agreement.
This letter follows our previous Nov 6, 2023 Letter Correcting inaccurate information entered into evidence at the Ontario Land Tribunal Hearing Case No. OLT-22-003917, held Friday October 13, 2023
On Jan 22, 2024 AWRA conducted its 2024 Annual General Meeting (see presentations)
This was AWRA's first in-person AGM since 2019, resident attendance surpassed our expectations with a full venue and a engaged audience during the whole 2 hours meeting showing how much residents care for our area.
Thanks to the City of Markham, Councillor Keith Irish, (and encouragement from AWRA!) the Maple Valley Bridge is completed and ready for safe pedestrian crossing! It was made available for use on Dec. 20, 2023. The long wait was worth it. The bridge connects the 'Evergreen Side' of the ravine with the 'Huntington Park' side. In the video above, an AWRA member and two boxers test out the bridge on Dec. 21, 2023!