A proposal for development project in Stratford, between Queen Street and Trow Avenue on the north side of Ontario Street, has been referred back to planning staff; here’s a link to YouTube video of the meeting
A proposal for a development project in Stratford, between Queen Street and Trow Avenue on the north side of Ontario Street, has been referred back to planning staff. The proposed development site is a short distance south of Stratford’s Festival Theatre.
The referral, at a Sept. 27, 2021 online meeting of the Heritage and Planning Committee, was the outcome of presentations from several community-based sources, who among other things noted that the proposed height of the project was a major concern.
A major point that the presenters, all of whom were knowledgeable and well-prepared, made was that development that is aligned with the Official Plan is the ideal form of development.
I was impressed with the fact that presenters were each allotted 10 minutes to say their piece. In the city where I used to live, speakers at typical land use hearings (such as committee of adjustment meetings) have only five minutes to speak up and be heard; 10 minutes is by far a better length of time to get your point across.
Many factors naturally come into play, when a given community develops a framework for determining how much speaking time can be allotted to presenters at meetings.
A consistent theme from the above-noted committee meeting concerned the desirability of development of character guidelines, specific to the City of Stratford, to assist in a practical way with decision making when development proposals come forward in future.
It’s an ideal situation where land use decisions are based on specific guidelines, aligned with the Official Plan, developed in accordance with a systematic, deliberate set of procedures, with input from as many sources as possible.
Details related to how best to go about setting up such guidelines are available from many sources including the neighbourhood of Long Branch in Toronto:
The above-noted post underlines that community-driven efforts over a century ago to save the parklands along the Avon River played a key role in setting into place the conditions required for the launch, on July 13, 1953, of the Stratford Festival.
An additional post discusses a successful community effort to ensure that concerns of area residents were closely taken into account in more recent times with regard to development of a former industrial site on Ballantyne Avenue: