"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

Thursday 1 June 2017


Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "WITH DUE RESPECT": 

I bet that senior living building will have total occupancy before the doors are opened. Traffic? Pollution? Has anyone been to seniors home in Toronto? 
Posted by Anonymous to  Our Town and Its Business at 31 May 2017 at 06:15


If the  building proposed is ever constructed, the comment is likely correct. 

For the same reason, people come from Toronto to buy multi-million dollar mansions because 
they would cost twice as much there, senior living facilities would quickly fill. Every vacant 
site in Aurora could be used for the purpose and they would still be fully occupied. It's a lucrative business. 

The Town  of Newmarket keeps moving forward in partnership with York Region to provide  rental housing for families and the elderly . Can't point to a single such development in the last twenty-five years in the Town of Aurora. 

But the discussion is  not about that. pay attention people. 

The town  recently  adopted a Secondary Plan for the  area.

It calls for a Culture Precinct. Whatever one thinks about that , it was approved during the last
term. It allows for residential intensification in the area; purpose being to cut down urban sprawl
 and make public transit an option for commuters. 

A Senior's Living Centre does neither. Though it suits the needs of the United Church, it contributes 
zilch, zero, nada, nil , to the Town's stated objective.

Without  a study or collected data to prove my contention, I'm willing to  bet Senior Living and day- long parking in every nook and cranny  in the town centre for commuters is high on change activity 
in the last several years. 

Neither contribute to re-vitalisation of  Aurora. 

The opposite is true.

If it were the Town's intention, it may be argued. 

But it's not. 

The Town has expended substantial resources developing an Official Plan that generates a different objective. 

The document went through all  legal requirements; advertising, public meetings, consultant studies, 
public input, endless routine occupying planners, and finally public approval and the stamp of authority. 

If this proposal is approved , it will prove once and for all, planning is a farce. 


Anonymous said...

Of couse it's a farce. I don't think anyone can deny that for a minute. Especially government plans. What I don't understand is how this senior living center can't benefit the Town? It can benefit seniors in the area that want to stay in the area. There's also employment apportunities, and there's clearly a need for this service with an aging population. And above all else...they're not asking for any money!!!!

Anonymous said...

Planning is a farce for sure.

The concept of "residential intensification" is a more of a farce. How does this make public transit a viable option? It might make it an option if public transit was adequate. However, public transit in the GTA is not adequate at all.

I know this is a chicken <> egg thing however. You are not going to build the infrastructure until you need it and you are not going to need it until the infrastructure is there.

Anonymous said...

Scott has a great cartoon. It pretty well sums up what this Council has achieved despite all the planning, plotting and posturing.