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Long Branch Character Guidelines final staff report passed unanimously by Etobicoke-York Community Council

Ward 6 Councillor Mark Grimes (in centre) played a key role in the launch and development of the Long Branch Character Guidelines Pilot project. Jaan Pill photo

Ward 6 Councillor Mark Grimes (second from the left) played a key role in the launch and development of the Long Branch Character Guidelines Pilot project. Jaan Pill photo

I wasn’t planning to attend the Nov. 14, 2017 meeting of the Etobicoke-York Community Council, where the Long Branch Character Guidelines final staff report was up for a vote.

I’m pleased I attended.

At the last minute, after reading an email, I decided to get a ride to the meeting.

I took along a library book and spent time reading it and making notes from it while other topics, prior to the Character Guidelines item, were up for discussion. I also had my audio recorder running.

The report, which was passed unanimously, can be accessed here:

Long Branch Neighbourhood Character Guidelines – Final Report – Oct. 26, 2017

Brian Liberty spoke at the meeting in his role as co-chair of the Long Branch Neighbourhood Association, featured in a Nov. 14, 2017 article by Cynthia Reason in the Etobicoke Guardian. Christine Mercado, the other LBNA co-chair, also attended.

A number of people, who spoke at this meeting, had not been planning to speak. At the last minute, they came to the microphone and said their piece. They spoke from the heart.

I was impressed with the quality of the dialogue and the sense of respect and decorum that was evident.

Please refer to the above-noted link for a copy of the report.

Click here for previous posts about the Long Branch Character Guidelines Pilot Project >

In the next several days, I will post a detailed overview of the discussion at this meeting.

 

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