Now I’m on a roll with the subdivision subject!!! Something about that whole debate Monday night didn’t sit right with me. So I decided to go back through the minutes of previous town council meetings and made a few inquiries. Bingo it hit me – 3 members of council, councilors Edwards, Chadwick and Lloyd believed Pretty River Estates sub-division developer should not go beyond the already approved plan and density. Fair enough if that’s how they feel. But in 2011 these same 3 councilors supported the development proposal of the Admiral Collingwood building when that developer sought to go beyond the negotiated 2007-2008 OMB decision that allowed the project to go above the community endorsed and council approved Heritage Conservation District maximum height and further allowed him to increase the density. I am consistent on agreeing with that vote and disagreeing with the vote on Pretty River Estates. These councilors were not and are not consistent. I will go further, I say they are hypocrites.
Are the neighbor’s both residential and commercial around Hume and Hurontario, an already established part of our community any less deserving the same consideration as those in the Pretty River Estate’s subdivision? Or is it because the PRE developer is not part of the ‘in crowd’ that gets special treatment and kid gloves by this mayor and town council? At the same time they got to pile on to Keith Hull and continue with the theme ‘Anything Keith Hull agrees with we must disagree?’
While we are on the Admiral Collingwood building subject. Let’s roll the clock back to the 2008 municipal election. That election was won by then mayor Chris Carrier. Many of us forget that he was running against ‘Tricky Dicky’. VOTE got involved with that election and snatched certain victory from Mr. Lloyd and gave Mr. Carrier his mandate. Unfortunately to get that victory and the mayors chair, he had to do a deal with the devil and rescind the previous councils site plan on that project. I was a very vocal against that decision and Chris Carrier. But can you imagine, knowing what you know now, what life would have been like if Tricky Dicky Lloyd was mayor?
By the way I don’t agree with the latest proposal that’s on the table to make that corner of Hume and Hurontario a 2 story commercial only building now. That should stay as condos/commercial for the long term good of our town. I have always felt that a residential multi unit development will be a hub for that part of town. If Mr. Assaff cannot make it work then get out of the way and sell the property to someone with deeper pockets who can build it, then sell the finished built units. If you build it they will come. It’s not all about whether this particular developer can financially make the project work or not and turn a profit in his time frame. That should be your next fight ladies and gentleman.
I will make a Berman like prediction. Mr. Assaff will get his commercial only zoning/ site plan ammendment for the latest version of that project and he will win the vote 7 – 2.