It is sort of different from refusing to have your neighbourhood singled out with special by-laws....
Expecting the town to buy a neighbourhood an enormous, expensive, un-needed park space strikes me
as being 'way over the top.
It could still happen given the way some issues just keep coming back onto the table,
Posted by Anonymous to Our Town and Its Business at 13 December 2015 at 14:04
It already has happened in the Mavrinac neighbourhood. Council even asserted moral righteousness
by going tocourt to "stand up for the town's contracts"
Saints preserve us.,
Now it's a vacant lot, completely serviced by town infrastructure; roads ,water,sewers,street lights, parks ,schools, police and fire protection , administrative costs, and consultant studies in all manner of shapes and sizes.
It contributes not one red cent to reduce the tax burden.
From a business perspective , 69 acres of developable land, enveloped by municipal services and contributing nothing to their cost, is utterly preposterous.,
No business succeeds operating along those lines. None would even try.
The last ten years of Aurora's " management" has been a succession of such decisions.
Each one a precedent for the next.
Councillor Gaertner expresses the principle best. " We have to do what the people want" she regularly and confidently expounds with an obvious following.
When I was first elected, the first lessons learned was the slippery slope of precedent. It was the Clerk- treasure who advised ; "If you do that you will set a precedent"
"Do it for one ,you must do it for everyone"
He was sole director on the payroll.
Now we have a multi-million dollar administration and never hear a whit of advice of financial consequences from any. cOnsultants are used as a means of avoidance.
For example, how many millions of dollars of assessment revenue is forfeit when the town takes the golf course out of private ownership.
How many more millions in development charges are forfeit by rejecting the development
What rational argument can be presented at an Ontario Municipal Board hearing to oppose
development , where every single municipal service is available. Including public transit on Yonge Street,Mcurrently operating with massive deficits because of low ridership.
By any measurement, the idea of transferring that land from private to public sector, from revenue to liability columns in town book-keeping is utterly preposterous.
Yet not a whimper of financial advice do we hear from the source. We pay for a product we do neither invite nor receive.
ICouncillors can scream until blue in the face about an unelected Ontario Municipal Board making decisions in opposition to the will of the elected council.
They claim to defend the town's Official Plan.
Upholding Municipal Official Plans, legislated by the Province of Ontario, is the reason the Ontario Municipal Board exists.