The PROPOSAL That Has Been Submitted
In regards to 600 Stonehaven Avenue (aka YRPA Lands or Police Club Lands), the Town of Newmarket has received an application from Marianneville Stonehaven Ltd. (subsidiary of Marianneville Development Ltd. of Toronto) for the following:
1. Change the designation in the Town's Official Plan from PARKS and OPEN SPACE to EMERGING RESIDENTIAL.
2. To re-zone the property from OPEN SPACE (OS-2) to RESIDENTIAL (R1-E, R1-F and R4-R).
3. To demolish the Police Club building and remove all playing fields.
4. To change the flood plain and implement alternative drainage methods.
5. To remove 291 of the 308 large trees on the property, as well as most of the medium and small trees.
5. To build 142 Townhouses and 60 Single Detached Houses.
6. To change the Zoning Bylaw to permit town homes to be built on lots smaller than have ever been built in Newmarket previously, and to cover a larger portion of the lot than has been permitted previously.
7. To build a 202 unit subdivision that includes no playground, parkette or public amenity.
8. To route the traffic from all 202 dwellings to flow out to Stonehaven Avenue.
9. To build one house next to the last house on Stonehaven Avenue, and then to built almost a continuous wall of townhomes along Stonehaven all the way to Bayview Avenue.
The PROCESS to Determine if This Proposal Goes Through
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1. The developer meets with representatives of the Town in a pre-consultation meeting.
2. The Town receives the formal Proposal and posts it and the supporting documents on its website.
3. The Town staff review the Proposal by consulting with:
a. Their own professional staff (planners, engineers, etc.)
b. Various organizations and authorities
c. The community (only obliged to notify residents living within 120 metres of the site)
4. The Town holds a Public Meeting as part of a regular Council Meeting (was held by Zoom, Oct. 13, 2020.)
5. The Town staff may have discussions with the developer regarding their own professional concerns about the development, or to convey the concerns and comments of residents and various commenting organizations and groups.
6. At any time during the process the developer may make revisions to the application to address concerns that have been identified.
7. The Town staff prepare a report with a summary of all the studies and public input, with a recommendation for Town Council.
6. The Report goes to the Committee of the Whole (a committee with all Councillors on it).
7. Two weeks later, the report goes to Council for a vote. They can vote to Accept it, Decline it or Defer it.
8. Regardless of what the decision is, a 20 day Appeal period is provided for, to allow any interested party the opportunity to appeal it. If there are no Appeals, the Proposal goes ahead.
9. If the Application is Declined or Deferred, the developer can appeal to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT), an organization of the Ontario Government. They hear submissions from all sides and will vote to Uphold the Town’s decision, or to Overturn it and let the development go ahead. Alternatively LPAT may decide to return it back to the Town and developer for modifications.
A more detailed explanation of this process is available from the Ontario Government.
Who the Town CONSULTS With:
To help Council Members decide how they will vote on the proposal, the Town is either obliged, or chooses to, consult a variety sources:
a. The Town’s own professional staff (planners, engineers, etc.) will analyze it from various perspectives, and in accordance with the Town's policies and objectives and take in to consideration the information they receive from external sources.
b. A number of Authorities and Organizations that govern or have an interest in the property, such as the Region of York, Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority, Canada Post, Newmarket Tay Power Distribution (Newmarket Hydro), Southlake Regional Health Care, Bell, Rogers, and Central York Fire Services, the Boards of Education and others.
c. Members of the community. The Town is also obliged by the Planning Act to make public notices so that the members of the community can give their comment. In an email to a committee of residents on Sept. 17, 2020, Mayor John Taylor said: “This current Council has placed a renewed emphasis on public input and comment.” So, not only is this Council OBLIGED to consult with the community, they WANT to consult with the community.