This was just the first in a series of meetings before any final decisions are made. If you want to have any input into shaping this development it is important that you attend subsequent meetings as they are announced.
We attended the Council meeting on November 20th concerning the rezoning of the Geranium lots on Lakeshore Road from an 8 home development to a 19 home development. The meeting was well attended with concerned residents and MLRA executive members. There we witnessed one of the finest presentations by local resident, Kate Greenway, who went before council and eloquently presented all her reasons backed by facts and information on why this rezoning should be seriously re-examined by the Mayor and Council. Other residents also stated their opposition to this rezoning but what struck us this night was there was no yelling or shouting and every resident voiced their concern with professionalism. We are posting the complete presentation of Kate and would encourage you click to here now to read her very informative and well researched presentation. (click here)
In a nutshell the residents near the proposed development expressed concerns that there was already a water problem in the area and problems with flooded basements. They thought this development might just make their problems worse. Lot size of only ½ acre was also a concern. The small lot sizes require a new septic system, the Waterloo Biofilter Nitrate Reducing System. This system is approved for use in Ontario; but, homeowners must have it serviced regularly (every 6 months) and if they don’t we may have an environmental issue.
In summary, the preferred option is no development but realistically that is not an option. The land is already approved for development. That leaves residents between the proverbial rock and a hard place that being the original approved option of 8 homes on 10 acres or the developers wish of 19 homes on 10 acres. Hopefully there is a compromise solution that can be reached like perhaps 10 homes on 10 acres which would mean 1 acre lots not ½ acre lots. We understand the developer has to make money but at what cost to the well-being of the existing residents. We will reach out to Geranium and allow them to make their case on this web site and see if a compromise cannot be reached.
Councillor Bannon has explained this is just the first in a series of meetings before any final decisions are made. This meeting was the opportunity for residents to raise any concerns that they might have. Now Town Staff will review these concerns plus their own and come down with a series of recommendations for the Developer and Town Council. There will also be a formal presentation by Geranium on the proposed project. So as it stands right now nothing is written in stone; however, if you want to have any input into shaping this development it is important that you attend subsequent meetings as they are announced.
In the meantime CONGRATULATIONS to Kate Greenway on a presentation very well presented and researched. The community says THANK-YOU!
And to all those residents who took the time to attend this meeting in order to gain a greater understanding of the issues and voice their concerns… THANK-YOU VERY MUCH for your participation.