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The Mayor and Members of Council
Re: Vogue Wycliffe (Oakville) v. Oakville (Town)
I write today deeply concerned that stable neighbourhoods are under threat by developments that do not respect presiding zoning by-laws and the existing character. My concern is that the proposed development on the site formerly known as Cudmore’s Garden Centre represents over-development and we implore council to uphold the presiding zoning by-laws and allow the developer to submit a plan that is cohesive and reflective of the surrounding area and community.
How can a proposed development of 35 units on a site which is currently zoned for 17 not be considered over intensification? Why would we entertain condo units when the zoning only permits single and semi-detached units? Why are we not defending these policies and zoning by-laws vigorously? Why do developers feel that they can dictate to the community and municipality on how our town is shaped, nurtured, and developed?
While we realize growth and revitalization needs to occur, it should do so in a planned and balanced manner. That is what we thought the Livable Oakville Plan and its Zoning By-laws were enacted to do. And they were formulated to align with the Provincial Policy Statements and the Regional Plan – so let us take a stand now to defend what is already in place.
We need your help to recognize that the time has come to act together to turn and manage the tide! We need effective and equitable policies and procedures that recognize all stakeholders to the process and allow for transparency, collaboration and consistency. We need a planning process that implements these equitable policies and does not pit stakeholders against each other and frames a cohesive growth and revitalization plan.
This is not about one development application; this is about our neighbourhoods and our communities! It is time to stop, listen and work together! Develop and innovate together! Build and prosper together!