Feb. 25, 2013 Etobicoke Guardian article: Council rejects Grimes’ Mimico development incentives

The Feb. 25, 2013 Etobicoke Guardian article by David Nickle on the rejection by City Council of Mimico development incentives proposed by Ward 6 Councillor Mark Grimes can be found here.

[To access the article, click on the link in previous sentence.]

The opening paragraphs of the article read as follows:

Council rejects Grimes’ Mimico development incentives

Toronto council has quashed a plan by Etobicoke-Lakeshore Councillor Mark Grimes to provide dramatic incentives for developers to build housing on the Mimico shoreline.

Council voted to eliminate a set of recommendations put forward by Grimes at Etobicoke York Community Council’s last meeting, that could have given developers a break on a range of responsibilities – including development charges, heritage considerations or requirements to replace rental housing already in place.

Grimes argued that the incentives are necessary to persuade the owners of the low-rise rental buildings that extend south from Lake Shore Boulevard to the lake, to assemble the lands and redevelop them.

He argued that while the waterfront address might be desirable, the land there isn’t going to be redeveloped without help.

[End of excerpt. To read full article click on link in the opening sentence of this blog post.]

You’re encouraged to write a letter to the editor

Abbe Edelson, who let me know about the Guardian article, suggests:

“I would encourage people to write to the Guardian to express their opinions about Grimes’s motions appealing for incentives for developers and to clearly state the type of development they would like to see in the community.”

The vote on Councillor Del Grande’s amendment was 28 to 7; the final vote was 32 to 3

Feb-21-2013 10:08 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required – EY21.49 – Del Grande – motion 1
Yes: 28 Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bailão, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Gary Crawford, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Doug Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Doug Holyday, Mike Layton, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, John Parker, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Karen Stintz, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam 
No: 7 Josh Colle, Vincent Crisanti, Rob Ford, Mark Grimes, Peter Milczyn, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio 
Absent: 10 Raymond Cho, Frank Di Giorgio, Paula Fletcher, Norman Kelly, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, David Shiner, Michael Thompson 

Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended)

Feb-21-2013 10:08 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required – EY21.49 – Adopt the item as amended
Yes: 32 Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bailão, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Doug Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Doug Holyday, Mike Layton, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Cesar Palacio, John Parker, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Karen Stintz, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam 
No: 3 Rob Ford, Mark Grimes, Frances Nunziata (Chair) 
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