January 7, 2002
- Fred MacLennan, President
- Alan Asselstine, Treasurer
- Peter Brimacombe, Secretary
- Gisèle Loiselle-Branch, Director (memberships)
- Nancy Seaby, Director (transportation and editorial)
- Wendy Stewart, RMOC councillor
- Tom Collins, The News
- Dave Lamb
- Tony Presutti
- Cesar Guerrero
- Miriam Charlton
- William Charlton
- Bob Morey
Fred McLennan: Longwood Building Corporation is proposing to build 25 bungalow townhouses on vacant property near Patermeade Crescent.
Bob Morey said that he is concerned about the increase in traffic.
William Charlton said that the turn from Plante Drive onto McCarthy Road is a problem for the existing traffic and that the situation will get worse with more traffic.
Cesar Guerrero said that the proposed development will decrease property values because of the increase in density.
Tony Presutti presented a petition signed by residents:
Petition opposing proposal, presented on behalf of the community of Pattermead Crescent: Concerns: 1. Townhouses do not blend with the neighbourhood 2. Traffic and noise by opening a road on Pattermeade Crescent
Wendy Stewart: City policy is to encourage intensification because it allows services to be provided more efficiently. Wendy and the City planners have already prompted Longwood to add guest parking and the walkway. She invited those interested to a public meeting on January 21, 2002 at the Hunt Club Riverside Community Centre. The meeting would address concerns about traffic and the existing character of the community.
Wendy Stewart asked the Hunt Club Community Organization to comment on Mike Nihmey’s traffic proposal. She described the Ward Boundary Review: all wards would be reviewed including the rural wards specifically set up by the Province, the review would recommend new ward boundaries to provide equal representation on City Council. There are 21 existing wards with populations ranging from 14,000 to 60,000, the average is 37,617. Council must make a final decision in May 2002.
There was a consensus that the Communities of Riverside Park and Hunt Club should stay together because they share a common community centre, because children from each community go to schools in the other and because of their historical relationship.
Nancy Seaby: The Resource Centre will hold an open house in February, it has rented space in the A&P Shopping Plaza. George Brown was helping to organize the Good Food Box Club out of Holy Cross Parish.
Alan Asselstine said that construction crews had disrupted the bicycle path to the Airport Parkway. There is a long standing need to provide pedestrian and bicycle access between the South Keys Shopping Plaza and our Community which is to the west. He said that the fence south of Hunt Club Road and east of Riverside Drive had been moved 400 metres.
Next meeting: Mon 4 Feb 2002 at 7:30pm