A recent post, regarding related topics, is entitled:
We have a couple of good comments at a recent post entitled:
By way of bringing attention to the discussion, I am pleased to post the comments below:
I certainly do not support lot splitting but I feel that we have no real input.
The Committee of Adjustment may refuse the proposal of lot splitting but the the applicant will only carry it forward to the OMB and this is where we the people of the neighbourhood are stepped on without any consideration. This is a huge problem. Really frustrated with this process. Corner of James and 37th St. is a perfect example of this. It was originally (in 2012) decided by both CA and OMB not to allow lot splitting. Since then the house has been sold again, went through the process again, and now 2 new homes sit on the property thanks to the OMB. Seems that developers will get their way.
Good to read your message, Roman.
I agree. The situation we are facing is a huge problem.
The situation calls into question basic concepts – concepts such as the meaning of democracy, and the nature of a civil society in Canada come to mind.
In the circumstances, what can we do?
We can exercise such a level of human agency that is available to us, in the circumstances.
Please turn up at the Nov. 3, 2016 Committee meeting; your presence makes a huge difference
We can turn up at Committee of Adjustment meetings. We can write letters the Committee regarding particular cases, especially ones close to where we live. The unwritten law that appears to be in effect is that, from the Committee’s perspective, if no-one turns up at a hearing to express opposition, the Application goes sailing through.
From time to time, an Application is rejected by the Committee. Many such rejections are appealed, and are in a large proportion of cases accepted by the OMB.
What can we do, with regard to the OMB? We can support efforts, at the provincial level, to revise the legislation as it relates to OMB, so that decisions by Committees of Adjustment, or by municipal governments (e.g. with regard to Secondary Plans) are not overturned by the OMB.
Will the attempts to revise the OMB legislation lead to good results? Who knows?
In the meantime, we as residents can engage in networking, as we are doing through varied means, including through this website and many other social media venues.
Long Branch Neighbourhood Association
As well, we can support – through our active participation – in efforts to get the Long Branch Neighbourhood Association up and running. Much good work has been done in setting into place the foundation for the association. A next step will involve setting up a board of directors and staging a general meeting of the association.
What else can we do as residents, to the extent that it may be possible in a civil society, assuming it is a civil society that we live in (assumptions being subject to error, of course)? We can support the next steps in the work of the team of people putting together the Long Branch Urban Design Guidelines Pilot Project.
The Long Branch Urban Planning Guidelines Pilot Project
The Long Branch Urban Planning Guidelines Pilot Project recommendations will be of much interest to residents and the Committee of Adjustment. The chair of the Committee said at the Sept. 29, 2016 Committee meeting that the Guidelines will provide some parameters for the Committee to follow.
Currently, decisions are highly subjective.
We have heard the Urban Design Guidelines are due early in 2017, but an anticipated Fall 2016 meeting of an advisory group, has not yet been held.
In the meantime, please do write a letter regarding the 14 Villa Application. Please turn up at the Committee of Adjustment meeting on Nov. 3, 2016 in support of the opposition to the 14 Villa application and similar applications.
We do not know what direction things will go in future. Quite a few people, that I know through my community self-orgaizing work in South Etobicoke in recent years, have moved away from Long Branch. The world is the limit, when a person moves away. Some move elsewhere in Canada. Some leave the country altogether. People who move, in response to what is happening here, bring a rich set of talents and enthusiasm to other communities, possibly to places where civil society truly has the opportunity to flourish.
Shall we set up a Long Branch expat community in Lakeview (Mississauga)?
For people who do not seek to move that far, I would suggest that it would be great to set up an expat community in Lakeview to the west of Long Branch. For many years, I’ve been reporting, at this website, about the more optimal conditions for a flourishing civil society that is in strong evidence in Lakeview and the City of Mississauga in general.
The City of Mississauga has a clearly defined Strategic Plan that is – amazing as this may sound – actually developed with broad input from Mississauga residents, and from what I can see (as a blogger, I make a point of observing such things as closely as I can), the Strategic Plan is actually in the process of being implemented.
As well, the governance and communications structures at the City of Mississauga appear to me to be of the highest quality. In fact, it has been the quality of the communications related to the Lakeview Waterfront Connection Project, the Small Arms re-purposing project, and similar Lakeview projects that originally alerted me to the great projects, with a great deal of citizen input, going on right now at the City of Mississauga.