City Planning Committee heard arguments concerning the rezoning of South Merivale Business Park

On Thursday May 27 the City Planning Committee heard arguments concerning the rezoning of South Merivale Business Park to allow a truck terminal and warehouse as primary uses.


A number of Community leaders and residents spoke, of which the majority were against the proposed amendment. Speakers from the Glens, Country Place, Barrhaven and Rideau Glens provided detailed and factual presentations.


Councillor Egli and Councillor Meehan, neither of whom are members of the Planning Committee, both had numerous comments and questions, and both noted the serious concerns being raised by their constituents. City staff and the applicant were able to provide comments as well.


At the conclusion of a 4 hour meeting, each Committee member voted in favour of allowing the proposed amendment. This now goes to City Council in June for a vote.


As of today, we do not have information as to the intended use of the property.



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From: Agnes W <agnes.warda@gmail.com> Date: May 27, 2021 at 6:29:50 PM EDT To: Patricia McLachlan <patriciamclachlan@gmail.com> Cc: Glens Community Association <glens-community-association@googlegroups.com> Subject: Re: On Thursday May 27 the City Planning Committee heard arguments concerning…

Hi Pat,


Great summation. It is hard to understand planning logic. However it was mentioned on a few occasions that it is the city designating truck routes and indeed they are there. It is the city's fault for not repairing, resurfacing or widening them. I wonder if we could campaign for removing Merivale as the truck route.

Industrial rezoning is highly frustrating for residents because those zones are so permissive that it is difficult to find plausible arguments. Like in our case, the city established a business park, assigned zoning and truck routes nearby. Applicants are only taking advantage of the existing situation. The best is to look for mitigation but in this case not much could be done. I am already more used to rejections, having been at quite a few rezonings. I can understand that you hear sympathy in councillors voices but at the end the vote does not go your way. Once in a blue moon little people win. Just wait.



Agnes



On Thu, 27 May 2021 at 17:54, Patricia McLachlan <patriciamclachlan@gmail.com> wrote:

Hi all,


This is my note for the website. We have no idea as to if there will be any economic benefit and in fact, all speakers opposed were of the opinion that the traffic and environmental concerns would outweigh all else. Daintry, anything else to add?


Pat

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