ODC August 22nd Meeting Recap from Anna-Marie

On August 22nd, nearly 50 neighbours met with the city’s development planner, Wendy Fisher, as well as ODC owner Ron Levine and representatives from GSP Group, the company acting as development consultant for the property at the corner of Roger and Moore Streets.

We asked for the meeting because we believe neither our objections nor our ideas for the property have been heard.

Neighbours formed groups to develop presentations that encompassed three subjects (housing density, traffic and quality of life) and drew from documents like the City of Waterloo’s strategic plan, the official plan, by-laws, and case studies of similar developments in other municipalities. (And, folks, if you weren’t there, the level of research, detail and considered thought that went into those presentations was flat-out impressive.)

As important as it is to deliver a message that says we’ve read the relevant documents, I think it was equally important that neigbours spoke out about what we value and the type of neighbourhood we want to be. Our message was not that we’re against development of this property but that we are collectively and firmly against changing the property’s designation from low-density to medium-density. We’re against the height, footprint and density that ODC proposes. And, in an older neighbourhood already squeezed by traffic while lacking recreational and green space, we’re against development that brings more cars but fewer trees and playgrounds.

Thanks for showing up. You made sure were were heard.

What’s next?

As many of you already know, one of the suggestions made at this meeting was to establish a working group in order to continue our discussion about the proposed development on the ODC lands. We’re now looking for 6-8 people to participate in this group. GSP Group anticipates they will have some material to share with the group the week of Oct. 9th. Though the schedule isn’t yet confirmed, you can anticipate meeting a few times on weekday evenings over the next 6-8 weeks. City staff will also be present and the meetings will be held at Waterloo City Hall.

Once formed, I’ll forward contact info for working group members to the city’s Development Planner who will then oversee communication with you about meeting logistics.

Please email me (Anna-Marie), ASAP, if you’re interested in participating in these meetings.

If you’d like to review the material GSP Group has submitted to the city about this project, please click this link.

What else?

Please share this email with your neighbours and encourage them to contact me to have their names added to our mailing list.

Please write or call our ward representative, Melissa Durrell, our mayor, Dave Jaworsky, and the development planner, Wendy Fisher, and to share what you like or don’t like about ODC’s planned development. (Folks: these letters really matter.) Kindly copy me so I can add your thoughts to the file I keep on this development.


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