REVISED – NEW DATE…Resident’s Meeting for Proposed Development at Major Mackenzie Drive West and Arnold Crescent

April 20, 2021

Dear Ward 4 Resident:

Important Notice – Residents’ Meeting Date Correction

Important Community Meeting to discuss

Proposed Development at Major Mackenzie Drive West and Arnold Crescent

(City Files: D01-20014 and D02-2002)

I informed area residents recently about an important Residents Meeting that we will be hosting regarding a development application at Arnold Cres. and Major Mackenzie Drive originally scheduled for May 26th. Due to a clerical/scheduling oversight, we will need to reschedule the Residents’ Meeting to a new date which is Monday, May 31st at 7PM.

Part of the reason for this change is due to a conflict over a simultaneously scheduled meeting for a Public Open House that the City is hosting regarding the growth plans for Yonge and Highway #7 (The Richmond Hill Centre Secondary Plan). The two meetings were inadvertently scheduled on the same date and time. Many of our Richmond Hill Planning staff and my Council colleagues will be required to be in attendance at the Richmond Hill Centre Secondary Plan meeting and it is important that those same people also have an opportunity to attend the Arnold Crescent and Major Mackenzie Drive Resident’s Meeting. Finally, members of the public may also want to participate in both of these important meetings regarding our community’s future.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and hope everyone is able to attend the new Resident’s meeting date on May 31st 7PM to 9PM to discuss and voice any comments or concerns regarding the development proposal for the lands at Arnold Crescent and Major Mackenzie Drive West. 

To register for this new meeting date please visit https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUlceCvqjooH9C8Lzf3X-wSYrJ0LfvAkw2J or use the QR code below. If you have any general questions or concerns please email david.west@richmondhill.ca. For any specific questions about registration, please email one of my team members at kate.davey@richmondhill.ca.

In case you missed the original letter, please see the corrected version of the original letter below.

Thank you.

David 

REVISED – Initial Letter mailed out May 14th

Important Community Meeting Scheduled for May 31st to discuss

Proposed Development at Major Mackenzie Drive West and

Arnold Crescent

(City Files: D01-20014 and D02-20028)

 

As I reported in previous letters to the community there is a development application pending for the southwest corner of Major Mackenzie Drive West and Arnold Cres. (129-147 Arnold Crescent and 190-230 Major Mackenzie Drive West). This application consists of 4 apartment buildings (10, 12, 14 and 19 storeys in height) with at-grade townhouse dwelling units. The proposal includes a total of 790 dwellings units, 63,102 square metres of Gross Floor Area (GFA), a Floor Space Index (FSI) of 2.35, a total of 838 parking spaces and vehicular access from Major Mackenzie Drive and Arnold Crescent. 

As it stands, under Richmond Hill’s Official Plan this proposal greatly exceeds the development permissions for the lands in the area and as such, I feel it is not at all appropriate in size, scale, or built form for the community in that area. I have made my concerns with this application clear to the applicant during the recent Council Public Meeting that was held in March.

During that Council Public Meeting, clear comments in opposition to this current proposal were also heard from members of the community. However, there are still a great number of concerns and many questions from the community that remain to be answered. As a result, I have scheduled a Community Meeting to give members of the community an additional opportunity to discuss their views regarding this application and an opportunity to ask questions of the applicant and myself about this proposal. This meeting will be held virtually by Zoom on Wednesday May 31st starting at 7PM until 9PM.

No Council decisions have been made up to this point in time regarding this development so the Community Meeting  will be an important step in making clear the views of the community to our planning staff, and members of Council who are in attendance, as well as the applicant. At this meeting, there will be an opportunity for the applicant to present the details of this application with the majority of the time scheduled for questions from the public and discussion. 

I would encourage you to attend the meeting and I would also encourage you to ask any questions you may have. You can sign up in advance to speak at the meeting and we will also take questions from the floor. We will do our best to cover all questions during this time. To register for the meeting please visit https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUlceCvqjooH9C8Lzf3X-wSYrJ0LfvAkw2J.  To register in advance to speak at the meeting please email one of my team members at kate.davey@richmondhill.ca . If you have any questions or comments for myself please do not hesitate to contact me by email at david.west@richmondhill.ca or by phone at 416-346-3090.

I look forward to seeing many of you at the meeting.

Finally for area residents interested in joining a group of neighbours that are interested in speaking about this application and to support local residents I am providing the following information.
 
VILLAGE CORE RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION (VCRA)
 
The VCRA needs you !
Finally for area residents interested in joining a group of neighbours that are interested in speaking about this application and to support local residents I am providing the following information.
 
VILLAGE CORE RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION (VCRA)
 
The VCRA needs you !
 
Our association was formed in response to major development changes which have the potential to permanently change the character of the Village, the oldest established community in Richmond Hill.
 
Our association seeks to:
• Oppose development proposals which are inconsistent with the Official Plan, such as the multi-tower ACORN proposal at the corner of Arnold Crescent and Major Mackenzie.
• Provide constructive input to the current Official Plan update process to reflect the vision of the residents who live here.
• Provide feedback to members of Council and hold them accountable to their constituents.
 
Your input and support can help make a difference! We are looking for assistance with lobbying, recruitment, and fundraising. To find out more, e-mail us at VRCA2021@gmail.com.  We look forward to hearing from you!
 
Brian Chapnik
Chair, Village Core Residents Association