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Boundary change proposed for Aldershot GO Mobility Hub to protect Clearview/Queen Mary neighbourhood; open houses May 2-14 for all GO station mobility hubs

Dramatic changes are being proposed for the Clearview and Queen Mary neighbourhoods as part of the Aldershot GO Mobility Hub plan underway as part of the proposed Official Plan.
The proposed plan calls for highrises ranging from 7 to 20+ storeys on Clearview, as well as most of Queen Mary (dark & medium purple on map). This area is currently an established, low density neighbourhood.
The city has said the new Official Plan and growth/intensification framework will direct growth away from stable low density residential areas.
The nearby White Oaks neighbourhood up to St. Matthews is carved out for protection and excluded from the Aldershot GO Mobility Hub boundaries. I believe that exclusion should extend to the Clearview community.
St. Matthews retains a low-density character (light blue on the map) but these homes will be backing onto a plan that calls for mid-rise of 7-11 storeys along Queen Mary (lilac on the map).
Residents have been told not to worry about this plan, as you still have the right to sell or not sell to a prospective purchaser. However, allowing these heights will encourage land speculation and assembly, and will over time obliterate this low density neighbourhood, as the pressure to sell and leave will grow if you don’t want to be beside a 20+ storey building.
In my view, if we say we want to protect stable neighbourhoods, this plan should exclude Clearview/Queen Mary from this type of height and retain the underlying classification as Residential Low-Density (single family homes only).
The Aldershot GO Mobility Hub boundary is included as Schedule G of the proposed OP scheduled for adoption by council April 24/25. So the first step is the change the Aldershot GO Mobility Hub boundary to exclude stable neighbourhoods.
I will be bringing a motion to the April 24/25 Official Plan discussions to move the Aldershot GO Mobility Hub boundary from St. Matthews to the backyards of Clearview, to take the growth pressure that comes with a mobility hub off of this neighbourhood. The boundary change is shown in red on the above map.
Residents can register to speak as a delegate at that meeting, or send correspondence. Details on how to do that are below. (Registration required by noon on Monday).
The next step will be to change the proposed heights during the Area Specific Plan discussion from purple to light blue to reflect low-density along Clearview/Queen Mary.
The Area Specific Plans for the three GO Station Mobility Hubs have not been prepared but are expected to come back to the city’s Committee of the Whole July 12, with adoption following in early 2019, according to a staff memo in the April 13 Council Information Package.

GO Station Mobility Hub Open Houses

In the meantime, the city is planning a series of drop-in open houses to receive public input on the Area Specific Plans for the three GO Station Mobility Hubs. For background on the proposed plans for all the GO station mobility hubs, visit my earlier article here: Plans call for highrises at GO stations.
Details on the open houses and Area Specific Plans are included in the April 13 memo above, and are as follows: (the format is drop in; no formal presentations are planned)

Burlington GO Mobility Hub

  • Open House: Wed. May 2, 7-9 pm, Holiday Inn, Halton Hall, 3063 South Service Rd.
  • Alternate Drop-In Sessions:
    • Fri. May 4, 2-3:30, City Hall, Rm 305;
    • Mon. May 7, 10:30-noon, Central Library (Centennial Hall)

Aldershot GO Mobility Hub

  • Open House: Thurs. May 3, 7-9 pm, East Plains United Church, 375 Plains Rd East
  • Alternate Drop-In Sessions:
    • Mon. May 7, 6:30-8pm,  Aldershot Arena, Community Room
    • Tues. May 8, 10:30-noon, Aldershot Library Program Room

 Appleby GO Mobility Hub

  • Open House: Thurs. May 10, 7-9pm, Appleby Arena, Multi-Purpose Room, 1201 Appleby Line
  • Alternate Drop-In Sessions:
    • Fri. May 11, 10:30-noon, Centennial Pool Meeting Room
    • Mon. May 14, 2-3:30pm, Centennial Pool Meeting Room

Register as a Delegation

To register as a delegation to speak at the April 24 Planning & Development Committee meeting on the Official Plan (sessions are at 1pm and at 6:30; you can choose the time slot that suits you best), complete the online application at www.burlington.ca/delegation, email cityclerks@burlington.ca or phone 905-335-7600, ext. 7481.
Alternatively you could send correspondence in support of the motion for a boundary change to the Aldershot GO Mobility Hub. That can be sent to clerks, email above.
No registration is required to attend the open houses.

Written by Marianne Meed Ward

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  1. Why should we who live in Ward 2 all of a sudden CARE what happens in Aldershot? Seems to me THEIR representative voted for the HIGH RISE buildings in our Ward; so, suck it up Aldershot & take YOUR share of the highrises.

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