February 6th, 2017 - Meeting with Mayor Frank Scarpitti
The Unionville Residents’ Association aka the Unonville Ratepayers' Assocition has hosted the "Meet the Mayor Frank Scarpitti" session in our February Meeting.
Date : February 6th, 2017 (monday) 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Venue: Markham PanAM Centre Committee Room 2
- State of Markham
- Status of Unionville Mobility Hub & York University
- Improving Unionville Main Street
- Further Intensification
- Markham on OMB reform
- Enforcing Sign & Tree Preservation Bylaws
For Mayor's response to the 23 prepared question, please click
OMB submission updateThe province has moved into the second phase of their review of the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) and the URA is staying involved. In September we submitted a set of recommendations to the provincial government in light of their review of the powers and processes of the OMB (posted at www.unionvilleratepayers.com). The province has now issued a consultation document (Google: OMB Review) with background on the issues and a series of questions. We were very pleased to see that the questions seem to align very closely with the concerns expressed in our September submission; we intend to respond.
On October 18th a public meeting, sponsored by the province, was held in Newmarket to review the questions in the consultation document. Our Vice-Chair, Reid McAlpine, attended on behalf of the URA. The approximately 75 people in attendance were largely citizens and representatives of residents groups. Unfortunately, there was very little representation from the more heavily populated southern portion of York Region and Reid was the only person from Markham. There were a few professional planners, but no representatives of any significant developers or their industry association, BILD. Nor were any development lawyers in attendance. It was particularly worrisome to see that no Markham politicians attended. (The Mayor of Newmarket was there.) We can only assume that the municipalities, developers, etc. are consulting with (lobbying!) the province in private. As you might expect, the outcome of the evening was not entirely clear and it was only the first of several such sessions to be held across the province. Government staff and politicians will be challenged to discern clear directions from the discussions.
The URA will now be preparing our own direct response to the consultation document, based primarily on a reiteration of the positions in our September submission. We encourage you to read the document (Google: OMB Review) -- a relatively easy read -- and forward any comments to Reid (email@example.com) before November 15.
The province has moved into the second phase of their review of the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) and the URA is staying involved. In September we submitted a set of recommendations to the provincial government in light of their review of the powers and processes of the OMB
Download OMB Reform Submission
Download OMB Review Survey Submission