"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Informed Influence Is The Key

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "It Doesn't Have To Be That

It is shaping up for a repeat of Glenway in terms of what is being demanded
& what is fiscally responsible. We are just fortunate that it did not
surface until after the election. There will be plenty of time for everyone
to become informed.

Posted by Anonymous to Our Town and Its Business at 29 November 2014 13:59.


Can!t say I paid  more than passing attention to. Glendale. The result was always obvious.

There seemed to be A differences in approach expressed at the town hall on Monday.

I certainly did not note  any practical advice emanating.

Real estate listing will produce the first useful  information.

Development opportunity determines value  from the perspective of seller and buyer.

It will not be a figure pulled from the sky. Research of the potential is essential to determining the reality .

Club Links  will not be inclined to offer the land for less than fair appraisal.

No astute developer  is likely to pay an unrealistic price.

Price determines everything .

OMB hearings, long drawn out negotiations, political posturing   and wanton  waste of resources,public and private , are all part and parcel of rampant development  in the Greater Toronto area.

All parties  are complicit.

An  OMB  hearing is the only practical  apolitical aspect of the entire process with  integrity.

Informed residents have opportunity for influence . The same opportunity as the municipality .

Influence is the best shot at managing how the land is developed.

Proactive is better than reactive.Being organized can be an advantage. But only if everyone is of the same mind. Individuals have the same right.

Aurora has not grown the municipality.  Growth has been influenced by the  municipality.

Influence is  all we have ever had within the inexact science of the planning process.

Everything else is  political posturing.

The  inexorable thrust of private resources grows a municipality.


Anonymous said...

As far as I know, the place is not going to operate as a golf club anymore. They may be waiting for expressions of interest but there does not seem to be a rush to purchase.

Anonymous said...

The common element in most human transactions appears to be greed.

It will be interesting to see Highland in action.

Anonymous said...

We now have 2 groups believing they should have parks and another wanting a tennis facility that they might share with other sports. Maybe some of the same people want a park And a tennis centre. There could even be other outfits with their own wish-lists. I feel left out because I do not feel the town needs any of these and really would rather not pay for them.

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Anonymous said...

They are not all on the same page now.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone measured the distance from Yonge Street to Bathurst? And this generally a narrow strip of land.

Can anyone visualize a community housing development of any sort on these 100 acres? Maybe dribs and drabs here and there with wide (narrow) open spaces between.

Will this be feasible? What will it look like? Can it generate a profit? Who the hell knows!

Glenway was a virtual solid block of land that worked perfectly for over 700 homes.

Highland - not so perfect.

Anonymous said...

There's no need to measure, 21:22. Concession roads are a standard 1 ¼ miles apart.

Anonymous said...

21:22- you would be amazed at how creative developers can be.

Anonymous said...

Yes 1:15 You are correct.The condo was built on a spring and that was an original concern.Now the spring has been diverted and word leaked that the underground garage has water seeping and repairs were needed.

Anonymous said...

Sections of Highland have quite enough space for housing groups. The fairways are quite narrow in spots so those neighbours will continue to look at each other. Some will be pleased, others will not.

Anonymous said...

I would be interested in seeing some progress with the land around the old library. The town already owns that. And I do not live in the area so my interest is not personal.

Anonymous said...

I think we are being foolish to expect Aurora to have learned a lesson from what happened in Newmarket and their developer. Newmarket did not learn anything that I could see from Aurora's costly battle with Westhill.

Anonymous said...

17:06- you're right.